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    Older or Elder, please, help me

    They say, (I mean English speaking peaple) older, elder and all that stuff. Frankly speaking, I am in a mess. I need your help, my dear friends.
    Thanks a lot, Igor from Ukraine.

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    Re: Older or Elder, please, help me

    Quote Originally Posted by schoolman View Post
    They say, (I mean English speaking peaple) older, elder and all that stuff. Frankly speaking, I am in a mess. I need your help, my dear friends.
    Thanks a lot, Igor from Ukraine.
    You use "older" in comparing objects or people.
    This house is older than that one.
    You can't use "elder" in comparison. You can only say "He is my elder brother" and smth like that.


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    Re: Older or Elder, please, help me

    Hi,
    I hope Harry won't mind my elaborating on it a little.
    elder, eldest is only said about members of the same family.
    the elder/eldest child/son/daughter
    Brian is the eldest child in the family.
    But
    Brian is two years older than his sister.
    BTW sometimes people say eldest and not elder when they only have two children.
    Rosalie, our eldest, is dead set to become an actress.

    If you want to be polite, you say
    She's an elderly lady, not She's an old woman.

    Regards

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    Re: Older or Elder, please, help me

    Hi, Humble!
    Of course I don't mind. I just wanted to tell him the difference between "older" and "elder". The topic is large, even much larger than you introduced.

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