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    #1

    by the name of, elder/older

    I also have got a elder (is older both right??) brother by name of Roman.

    Is the sentence correct? If not, why?


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    Re: by the name of, elder/older

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    I've also got an older/elder brother by the name of Roman.
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    I've also got an older brother named Roman.
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    I'd say older would be used more often than elder.
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    Re: by the name of, elder/older

    My grandfather, an old-school prescriptivist, despised 'by the name of' as an Americanism. I believe he was right about the American influence, and I'd prefer to use 'named' myself. But 'by the name of' is widely used now both sides of the Atlantic.

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    Re: by the name of, elder/older

    Thanks for your replies!

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