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    Cool elder and older

    could you please explain me how to use elder and older????????????

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    Re: elder and older

    Elder- only goes before a noun:
    My elder sister
    She is elder than me
    Older- can do both:
    My older sister
    She is older than me


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    Isn't elder a bit archaic?

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    Re: elder and older

    Not to me- it's often used for talking about siblings, etc.

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    Is it correct if i use "This is my eldest sister"?




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    Quote Originally Posted by kahhong
    Is it correct if i use "This is my eldest sister"?
    -kahhong
    Hi Use elder - the eldest if you speak about memebers of family and other people use old- older - the oldest
    She is my elder sister
    This is Ithe eldest member of my family

    I am older than Tom ( he is my huband)
    This is the oldest woman i n the office

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    Thanks, but im getting more confused, "This is my eldest sister" am i right?


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    #8

    Re: elder and older

    This is my eldest sister.

    This is perfectly correct as long as you have three sisters.

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    Re: elder and older

    To nonamrna (post #1 here, http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...-plz-hlep.html):

    From elder - definition of elder by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Usage note

    In comparisons between two persons, elder means "older" but not necessarily "old": My elder sister is sixteen; my younger, twelve. (Eldest is used when three or more persons are compared: He is the eldest of four brothers.) In other contexts elder does denote relatively advanced age but with the added component of respect for a person's achievement, as in an elder statesman. If age alone is to be expressed, one should use older or elderly rather than elder: A survey of older Americans; an elderly waiter.ˇUnlike elder and its related forms, the adjectives old, older, and oldest are applied to things as well as to persons.

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