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    Older and Elder

    Hello, UsingEnglish!
    It is the first time I apply to you, so I beg your pardon if I do something wrong.
    It turned out, that my skills in using 'older' and 'elder' are not suficient to perform you 'elder/older' test.
    I know that we use 'elder' in front of a noun and we usually use 'older' with 'than'. Notwithstanding that I made 50% of mistakes.
    Would you be so kind to help me???
    Thanks a lot, schoolman.

    PS. Where are 'Quick Reply' icons located? Sorry!
    Last edited by schoolman; 16-Jul-2006 at 08:55. Reason: Where are 'Quick Reply' icons located?

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    Re: Older and Elder

    We can also use 'older' before a noun, so on those questions, the answer would be both:
    My elder sister
    My older brother
    This might account for a couple of answers, though I am guessing as I don't know what your answers were.
    We don't use 'elder' after a noun:
    She's a couple of years older
    She's a couple of years elder
    Does that help? If not, try the quiz again and let me know which ones you got wrong.

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