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    Use of Older and Oldest

    What is the rule for using older instead of oldest when making a comparison such as the followingL

    Denise is the older of the two sisters.

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    Re: Use of Older and Oldest

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    What is the rule for using older instead of oldest when making a comparison such as the followingL

    Denise is the older of the two sisters.
    Hi,

    I am not English and not a teacher, but when you use 'older' is for comparing two things, like in your case.

    You must use the superlative form in your example, because you are comparing Denise with the group composed by the two sisters. Among the both girls the more older is Denise, but she is the oldest of the group, do you follow me?

    Cordially,

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    Re: Use of Older and Oldest

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi,

    I am not English and not a teacher, but when you use 'older' is for comparing two things, like in your case.

    You must use the superlative form ?? in your example, because you are comparing Denise with the group composed by the two sisters. Among the both girls the more older is Denise, but she is the oldest of the group, do you follow me?

    Cordially,
    What group are you talking about?


    Denise is one of the two sisters.

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    Re: Use of Older and Oldest

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    What is the rule for using older(comparative) instead of oldest(superlative) when making a comparison such as the followingL
    "older" is used for comparing two things.
    Denise is the older of the two sisters.

    "oldest" is used for comparing more than two things.
    John is the oldest of the four brothers.
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    Re: Use of Older and Oldest

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    What group are you talking about?


    Denise is one of the two sisters.
    Hello,

    The group for me is the two girls, but nonetheless, you are certainly right. Indeed it's not natural to say it in English (Im not sure I'm not English, you know).

    Thanks for your answer, it is very useful. Now, I am not going to make the same mistake.

    Cordially [A French guy who tries to learn English alone]

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