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Older vs. Elder #1 (permalink) Thu Apr 20, 2006 14:05 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #87 "Common English Errors (3)", question 1

......... people like this area a lot.

(a) Elder
(b) Older
(c) The old
(d) More elder

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #87 "Common English Errors (3)", answer 1

Older people like this area a lot.

Correct answer: (b) Older

Your answer was: incorrect
Elder people like this area a lot.
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why using Elder is wrong?

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Elder vs. Older #2 (permalink) Thu Apr 20, 2006 21:07 pm   Elder vs. Older
 

Hello,
People don't normally use 'elder' unless they're talking about close relatives/family members. For example, 'my elder sister.' 'Elder' is used in front of a noun like that.
'Older' is an adjective and is more of a comparison - in that something or someone is older than something or someone else.
I hope that helps.
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Older vs. Elder #3 (permalink) Thu May 14, 2009 15:53 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

thank you so mcuh for help
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Older vs. Elder #4 (permalink) Thu May 14, 2009 17:09 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

To fit within the context of the question, "elder" would have had to have been " elderly " people.
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Older vs. Elder #5 (permalink) Sun Dec 20, 2009 20:13 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

Hi

Does 'The older people' suit in this test too if we are talking about, let's say, a specific park for example:

The older people like this area a lot.

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Older vs. Elder #6 (permalink) Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:33 am   Older vs. Elder
 

Hello! I have the same question. Why can not we use " The older people...." in this case?
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Older vs. Elder #7 (permalink) Wed Mar 31, 2010 22:47 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

You can use the article "the" when the older people are known to you and the listener or when you're talking about only one of something (eg. the world, the earth).
For example, the older people in this area like this park a lot.
However, if you are speaking about a general situation, you shouldn't use an article ('the', in this case).

You can also use the article "the" when an idea etc. is already introduced.
For example:
I have a dog and a bird. The dog is four-years-old and the bird is two-years-old.
This is another instance where you could use 'the.'
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Older vs. Elder #8 (permalink) Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:43 am   Older vs. Elder
 

Thank for your explanation. It is always complicated for me when must I use or must not use "the".
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Older vs. Elder #9 (permalink) Sat Aug 07, 2010 20:54 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

Can it be :
Old people like this area a lot ?

If no then why not?

Thanks.
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Older vs. Elder #10 (permalink) Sat Aug 07, 2010 21:24 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

It can, however it is not an option in this test.
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Older vs. Elder #11 (permalink) Sat Aug 07, 2010 23:43 pm   Older vs. Elder
 

Hariom, "old" is considered less diplomatic than "older." I would say "senior" is considered more diplomatic than "older." Also, "elder" is applied to people of considerable status in an organization, church, etc.
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Older vs. Elder #12 (permalink) Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:24 am   Older vs. Elder
 

I get it...I have to take the union of these two messages :)

@Linda: People don't normally use 'elder' unless they're talking about close relatives/family members. For example, 'my elder sister.'

@Mordant: "elder" is applied to people of considerable status in an organization, church, etc.
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