In English if there are two children then he or she is the elder not the eldest.
Eldest is used when there are three or more.
Thank you, Alan,
I have found the exercise and the sentence was -
I get your point but would you really say in English -
Marielle is our elder?
That sounds odd to me.
Is not Marielle still the eldest of the two?
Which text does this refer to Alan ?
It was in this week’s weekend workout. In the writing challenge, “ Father of two”.
I agree. However, I believe the correct sentence should be “Marielle is the elder”. It is common to hear many grammatical mistakes used in English that have become accepted. No one would turn a hair if they heard “Marielle is our eldest”.
Thank you for taking an interest.
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