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    older,elderand eldest

    Can somebody tell me when I should use older, elder and eldest?

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    Re: older,elderand eldest

    Quote Originally Posted by dean
    Can somebody tell me when I should use older, elder and eldest?

    Thanks
    Hi, Dean.
    OLDER/ELDER

    A. Talking about people
    1. older and oldest may be used of any persons:
    a) comparative: older
    Julia looks older than she really is.
    Julia looks older than Betty.
    Mike is 20 and Dave is 23. Dave is older than Mike.
    b) superlative: the oldest
    Mike is 20, Dave is 23, and Hugh is 27.
    Who is the oldest? (Hugh is the oldest).

    2. elder and eldest are restricted in use to members of the same family:
    a) Mr and Mrs Paddington have two daughters. The elder daughter is called Belinda. She’s fourteen.
    but: She’s older than her sister.
    The younger daughter is called Judith. She’s twelve.
    b) Mr and Mrs Cresswell have three sons: Arthur, Luke and Nicholas.
    Arthur is the eldest and Nicholas is the youngest. Their eldest son lives in London.
    c) You can also say:
    My elder brother is an artist.
    Who is the eldest in your family?

    *Elderly people are old people. You can refer to old people in general as the elderly.

    B. Talking about something (towns, buildings, etc.): older, oldest
    Her car is older than mine.
    Rome is older than New York.
    Trier is the oldest city in Germany.
    That cathedral is the oldest building in the town.
    :) :D

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    Re: older,elderand eldest

    Excellent post!

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    Re: older,elderand eldest

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Excellent post!
    Thank you, Ron.
    :D

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