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    #1

    Elder v Older

    "My sis' is elder than me""
    ''I'm older than XYZC"

    Am i right? :)

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    Re: Elder v Older

    Quote Originally Posted by bumbar144 View Post
    Am i I right? :)
    No.

    My sister is older than me.
    I'm older than XYZC
    .

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    Re: Elder v Older

    Although we use "Sis" sometimes when speaking directly to our sisters (it's like a term of endearment), we don't use it in standard written English. Use "sister".

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    Re: Elder v Older

    My elder sister
    I am elder than Xyzc

    My older sister
    I am older than Xyzc

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    Re: Elder v Older

    Note to other readers. If you give your thread a relevant title, as bumbar did, this helps the system search out Similar Threads. If there are any, they will automatically appear at the bottom of the page. Once you have posted your question, it's always worth scrolling down to see if there are any.

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    Re: Elder v Older

    Thanks m8s :)

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    #7

    Re: Elder v Older

    Let me check if my understanding is ok.

    Older is the comparative of old, and elder is an adjective which means older.

    So I can say:

    My sister is older than me.
    I have an older sister.
    I have an elder sister.

    I believe older is more commonly used, isn't it?

    Thank you.
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Elder v Older

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    My sister is older than me.
    I have an older sister.
    I have an elder sister.

    I believe older is more commonly used, isn't it?No
    The BNC has 440 citations for elder/eldest brother/sister and 192 for older/oldest brother/sister.

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    Re: Elder v Older

    Quote Originally Posted by bumbar144 View Post
    Thanks m8s :)
    A little reminder - we don't use textspeak/netspeak on the forum. If you wish to refer to us as "mates", then please use the word in full. It can be very confusing for learners to see things like "m8s" - they might think it's acceptable English.

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    Re: Elder v Older

    Thanks, ems. I had no clue what m8ts was!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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