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    Older and elder

    What is the difference between older and elder

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    Re: Older and elder

    basically,they are the same...but there is little difference in their meaning.When referring to someone who is older than you in your family or someone that have close relationship with you,you should use "elder".

    Hope that helps
    my 2 cents

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    Re: Older and elder

    Quote Originally Posted by shikha_kandwal
    What is the difference between older and elder
    Positive Comparative Superlative
    old - older - the oldest
    -elder - the eldest


    This house is old. It is older than that one over there.

    " elder" and "the eldest" are used only attributivelly [preceding a noun]when talking about the members of the same family:
    e.g.
    My elder sister is two years older than me.
    His elder brother works in a factory. He is older than me. He is the oldest worker in that factory.
    The eldest brother [of all brothers] is Jim.

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    Last edited by sheena55ro; 12-Jul-2006 at 17:53.

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    Re: Older and elder

    By the way,

    hector51, what does that mean, " my 2 cents"?

    I've been curious about the meaning.

    Could you tell me the meaning?

    Thanks..

    Spoon

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    Re: Older and elder

    Quote Originally Posted by shikha_kandwal
    What is the difference between older and elder

    old - older [comparative] - the oldest[superlative]
    -elder[comparative] - the eldest[superlative]


    This house is old. It is older than that one over there.

    " elder" and "the eldest" are used only attributivelly when talking about the members of the same family:
    e.g.
    My elder sister is two years older than me.
    His elder brother works in a factory. He is older than me. He is the oldest worker in that factory.

    Regards,

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    Re: Older and elder

    Just to add....

    Usually, 'older' and 'elder' are used before or after a noun/subject, i.e:

    The older/elder brother

    OR

    John was older/eldest

    Noe: In regards to 'elder', this can be used (unlike older) to act as a subject, i.e:

    Respect your elders

    OR

    The elders observed the youngsters

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Older and elder

    Quote Originally Posted by spoon
    what does that mean, " my 2 cents"?
    It's a phrase used when people give an opinion, a way of suggestiung that it is what they think and not necessarily an accepted fact.

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    Re: Older and elder

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's a phrase used when people give an opinion, a way of suggestiung that it is what they think and not necessarily an accepted fact.
    I'm with you,tdol

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