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    Older / Oldest?

    I have two cats. The white one is the older / oldest.

    I have two toothbrushes. The blue one is the older / oldest.


    Which one would be the correct one to pick? Do we use 'older' when talking about two and only two animals/items, although they're not human beings who are not relatives (in which case we use 'elder')?

    Hope you understand my question!

    Thank you!
    Thomas

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    Re: Older / Oldest?

    Quote Originally Posted by tbentsen77 View Post
    I have two cats. The white one is the older / oldest.

    I have two toothbrushes. The blue one is the older / oldest.


    Which one would be the correct one to pick? Do we use 'older' when talking about two and only two animals/items, although they're not human beings who are not relatives (in which case we use 'elder')?

    Hope you understand my question!

    Thank you!
    Thomas
    "I have two cats, the white one is the older of the two".

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    Re: Older / Oldest?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I believe you can also say:
    I have two cats. The white one is the older one.
    I have two toothbrushes. The blue one is the older one.
    I have two cats. The white one is older.
    I have two toothbrushes. The blue one is older.


    Cheers!

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