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    older & elder


    Could you explain me the difference between 'older' and elder'?


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    Re: older & elder

    older than=more old than

    While elder can mean the same as older does, when used as an adjective, it can also be used as a noun, when referrin to an old person in general:

    I saw an elder waiting for the bus.

    See the usage note at

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    Re: older & elder

    Elderis an attributive adjective- it can be used before a noun, but not after a verb. You can say 'my elder brother', but not *'my brother is elder than me'.

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