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We all know about the word ‘old’. We use it to describe people who are no longer young, like grandparents. But sometimes, we also see ‘elder’ in sentences, representing the old people. See the sentence below:
Children have no respect for their elders nowadays.
So, what’s the difference between these two words? If you also feel confused, don’t miss today’s [Grammar]! Now, let’s have a look and learn about their usages!
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Older is the comparative form of ‘old’, which is used in sentences to describe someone or something that has a longer history. For example,
The city is older than the United States of America, New Orleans has been here and my family.
According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, ‘elder’ could be used as an adjective or a noun. When it works as an adjective in a sentence, it stands for “older“. See the following example:
The elder girl tried to encourage her small companion.
And when it turns to be a noun, it means “a person older than me, etc.” For example:
He is her elder by several years.
To Sum Up…
Elder and older both mean “more advanced in age.” But while “older” can describe things as well as people, “elder” is reserved for people only. “Elder” can also be used as a noun, as in “respect your elders,” whereas “older” cannot.
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