What is the difference between ancestor and descendant?
Last edited by Mad-ox; 02-Nov-2006 at 08:55.
To put it simply and quickly:
Your ancestors are your great-grandparents, your grandparents and so on.
Your descendants are your children, your grandchildren and so on.
However, note that these words are mostly used to describe more distant generations.
He could trace his ancestors back 300 years
They are descendants of the original English settlers, who colonized this place three centuries ago.