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    I īd like to ask if I can say the second oldest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petr View Post
    I īd like to ask if I can say the second oldest.
    Thanks in advance
    Yes, you can say it .

    It is both understandable, and would be used by many native English speakers. If you want to be technically correct, you should say 'the second eldest' - but don't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    Yes, you can say it .

    It is both understandable, and would be used by many native English speakers. If you want to be technically correct, you should say 'the second eldest' - but don't worry about it.
    "Second oldest" would be far more common in AE.

    Google:

    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 1,340,000 for "second oldest".

    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 85,900 for "second eldest".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Second oldest" would be far more common in AE.

    Google:

    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 1,340,000 for "second oldest".

    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 85,900 for "second eldest".
    It's far more common to think that William Wallace looked like Mel Gibson (especially if you base your research on Google). It's not 'technically correct' however .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    It's far more common to think that William Wallace looked like Mel Gibson (especially if you base your research on Google). It's not 'technically correct' however .
    Technically correct for whom? Whichever "rule" you are quoting doesn't exist in my version of English.

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