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    Default by quite eighteen months

    Hi

    A man tells someone that:

    I can remember my younger sister, who was tall, not being allowed to take
    the dollís perambulator out with her on walks, while my
    older sister, the senior by quite eighteen months, but
    short, was allowed to. My father said it was manifestly
    unfair, but my mother was adamant; she said Florence
    would look so silly.

    I take it to mean that the older sister was 18 months older than the younger one?

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    Default Re: by quite eighteen months

    Not a teacher

    As senior reffers to the older of two, I'd assume the short sisters was eighteen months older than the short sister. If it said "my senior" then it would mean older than the narrator.

    M.

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    Default Re: by quite eighteen months

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    , I'd assume the short sisters was eighteen months older than the short sister.
    M.
    I'd assume the shorter sister was 18 months older than the tall sister.

    Is this what you were trying to say?

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    Default Re: by quite eighteen months

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
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    I take it to mean that the older sister was 18 months older than the younger one?
    - well, nearly . She was at least 18 months older, and possibly more (but the writer wants it to be known that he's being imprecise - she may, for example be 'a good 2 years' older).

    b

    PS This use of 'quite' is rather archaic.
    Last edited by BobK; 04-Jun-2011 at 14:43. Reason: PS Added

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