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    old friend

    Hi.
    If I say "My old friend"it is understood that he or she is my friend from long time ago.
    Now how should I address if recently I made friend with somebody who is old and I want to emphasizs he or she is old but I do not want him or her to be mistaken for my old friends.
    Thank you.

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    Re: old friend

    We generally do not refer to a person's age when you want to emphasize how old someone is.
    You may hear "My young friend" for an adult talking to a child, or an older adult talking to someone recently out of their teens, but we would simply not say "My old friend" to someone who is of advanced age.

    If you want to REFER to that person to another person, you could say "My friend, who is a bit older,..." or "My friend, who is in her 80s,..." if the advanced age is relevant. (Like, you want to tell this other person a story they told you about the 1940s or something.)
    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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    #3

    Re: old friend

    You could say "my elderly friend".
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    #4

    Re: old friend

    Thank you Skrej
    It sounds exactly what I was looking for.

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