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    Have I been making a big mistake using "oldest"

    I have two children. I have always referred to my child born first as my "oldest", and my child born second as my "youngest." My brother-in-law recently corrected me saying I should be using older and younger because there are only two kids. That makes a lot of sense, but my quite intelligent sister disagrees. Which is correct; older or oldest?


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    Re: Have I been making a big mistake using "oldest"

    Strictly speaking, 'older' or 'elder' and 'younger' are. correct.

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    Re: Have I been making a big mistake using "oldest"

    Quote Originally Posted by alcush View Post
    Which is correct; older or oldest?
    Elder and younger.

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    Re: Have I been making a big mistake using "oldest"

    I am really upset that I have been wrong all this time. LOL! Man, that burns me! Well, I will never make that mistake again. Thanks!

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    Re: Have I been making a big mistake using "oldest"

    Quote Originally Posted by alcush;801361[SIZE=2
    ][/SIZE]I am really upset that I have been wrong all this time. LOL! Man, that burns me! Well, I will never make that mistake again. Thanks!
    Some native speakers make the same mistake. It's not serious.

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