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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The Megalithic Temples of Malta are the _____________ free-standing monuments in the world.

Her _________ brother's name is Henry.

The __________ person to ever live was named Jeanne Calment. She was from France, and died at the age of 122.

Ryan Giggs is the ________________ player on Manchester United.

My __________ relative is 94 years old.

Duck Hunt for the Nintendo Entertainment System is the ___________ game I own.

She's the _________ of four siblings.

The __________ city in France is Marseilles.

The __________ university in Canada is the University of Laval, which was established as a seminary in 1663, and conferred as a university in 1852.

I am the __________ sibling in my family.


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128 Comments on ““Oldest” and “Eldest” – What’s the difference?”


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I am the __________ sibling in my family.

why in this statement we can use both oldest and eldest.

i think it should be oldest only, am i right?

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

    I think we can use both words because It is a personal pronom, It´s means that refers only a people: I.

    Wednesday, April 18th 2012

    I have the same problem. Help us, please :)

    Wednesday, April 18th 2012

    Here we are talking about the person. So we can use either Oldest or Eldest

    Wednesday, April 18th 2012

    Hi, Alex. I agree with emanahmed because of what you explained about absolutes. Isn’t this case an example of absolutes (superlative)? Thanx a bunch!!

    Wednesday, April 18th 2012

    No, my friend we can use both of them. because we can use oldest and eldest when we talk about people. is it clear?

    Thursday, April 26th 2012

    No, my friend we can use both of them. Because, we can use oldest and eldest when we talk about people. is it clear?

    Thursday, April 26th 2012

    Dear emanahmed,
    Ur not right!U know, we can use oldest n eldest 2 talk about people n as it’s clear in the quiz we can also use both in superlatives n absolutes.Otherwise they the samne meaning n there’s no matter 2 use both in the blank.
    Hope I could help!

    Monday, May 7th 2012

      Fatima, If so, take this case: Ryan Giggs is the ___ player on Manchester United. The correct answer is: older (not both). I still do not understand.

      Saturday, June 23rd 2012

        ups..Sorry I meant to write oldest (not older).

        Saturday, June 23rd 2012

        ….but my answer is still on BOTH.,
        bcoz “the player” is person n both(oldest n eldest)r usable in my book!
        U can search more.
        Goodluck!

        Monday, June 25th 2012

    Yes. I think You’re right,completely right

    Tuesday, May 8th 2012

    You can use oldest or eldest but the sentence should be
    1)I’m the oldest/eldest among my siblings.
    2)I’m the oldest/eldest of 4 siblings.
    (no need to add the word family because a sibling is already part of a family

    Monday, August 20th 2012

It is good iunderstood clearly,thanks a lot.

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

Can we use this sentence, ‘ she the eldest women live in the this oldest town’. Tq

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

    No we can’t use the sentance. It should be “She is the oldestt women lives in oldest city”

    Wednesday, April 18th 2012

      Dear Jeevan,
      Ur sentence is not totally correct;
      It’s:She’s the oldest/eldest womAn (not womEn) lives in the oldest town.
      As it’s in the quiz,we can use both the oldest n the eldest in absolutes n superlatives sentences.
      Goodluck!

      Monday, May 7th 2012

Thanks for this instruction ,I just didn´t understand the use of (both)
Please help me

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

thanks alex

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

thanks Alex

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

mr Alex u r a great teacher.
God bless u
thank u so much!!!!!

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

I haven’t heard eldest, now I know thanks a bunch Alex.

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

HI Alex! u ar a great teacher :) I was your real student in ALI last summer so very very nice to see you there!:)

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

thanks Alex………. I had not heard the word sibling. i want to ask you: there is more comun to say sibling instead of brother and sister ?

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

thanks u are very nice

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

Alex. I do not agree with the rsult of first, third and four question because the answer is both for all of them and the result say that oldest is correct???????/

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

it was a new knowledge for me that oldest and eldest can be used for brothers/sisters. I thought that we can use only eldest among brothers/sisters

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

    I always knew that we use ELDEST for memeber of our family.

    Friday, November 23rd 2012

Thanks for changing the flag Engvid :)

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

Thanks so much Alex

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

Hi Alex, great lesson.

could you explain us, why is there a difference between following sentences:

“Ryan Giggs is the oldest player on Manchester United.”
and
“I am the oldest/eldest sibling in my family.”

thanks

Thursday, April 19th 2012

She’s the _________ of four siblings.

I am the __________ sibling in my family.

This is confused me ..Why should I use both oldest and eldest if there is “The”

Thanks Alex :)

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Thanks for such a great lesson. I got full mark :))

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Thanks teacher.

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Good! It is first time that I got perfect for quiz.

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Dear Alex
you should not use “Green Pilot” on the whiteboard, because we cannot see properly,try blue and black please, thanks for the classes

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Dear Alex thanks alot for this.

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Dear Alex again I would ask you the same that how we can use both, oldest and eldest,in last statement? As there is THE…

Thursday, April 19th 2012

thank u so much teacher alex >>>

Thursday, April 19th 2012

thank you somuch that great i revised that withe my eldest brother he said that good

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Thank You, Alex!, you are a good teacher!

Thursday, April 19th 2012

thank you Alex I always listen to your lessons but I want you to do more in vocabulary .

Thursday, April 19th 2012

thanks …….it’s very useful 4 me…..

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Thanks

Thursday, April 19th 2012

thank you so much teachers
thank you so much engvid.com
hello friands if anyone want to talk in english to practice send me massege gibrahim200@hotmail.com

Friday, April 20th 2012

thank you Alex

Friday, April 20th 2012

Thanks a lot !!!

Friday, April 20th 2012

Dear Vallen Teacher,

I wish to study from you I am an employee of a transporting company I have just studied intermediate, but failed In my young period I did not give any interest to study on now I am struggling for that while my I have to send emails & letters always. Could you
help me, then mail me

Friday, April 20th 2012

Thank you!

Friday, April 20th 2012

thank you teacher

Friday, April 20th 2012

When i have been a student, we used to use these two words in a different way. When we spoke about the age we used the the word “old”, but when we spoke about family members, and we wanted to emphasize the fact that somebody was born previously, we used the second variant such as “elder, the eldest. For example: This woman is older than that one. or This is my elder brother. I think that this distinction is more appropriate. Even Raymond Murphy gives the same explanation. Maybe i am wrong, but i am also a teacher of English and i have read a lot of different grammar books and i have never heard that “older and elder” are equal in meanings. Our teacher was from the USA and when instead of “elder” we used “older” with people it was considered as a huge mistake!!!

Friday, April 20th 2012

Good lesson with great difficulties because there’s many and different explanations about this topic

Saturday, April 21st 2012

i do not understand the oldest person to ever live. why i cannot use the eldest.and about player why can not use the eldest.these are about person. thanks.

Saturday, April 21st 2012

thanks for your good lesson that was understandible

Saturday, April 21st 2012

thank you Alex

Saturday, April 21st 2012

Dear Alex, question 3&4 is recommended about people, so I choose answer “both” but why it’s false? I can’t understand? Please help me?

Saturday, April 21st 2012

Oh, i understand now, thanks you for your video.

Saturday, April 21st 2012

Ryan Giggs is the ________________ player on Manchester United.

why can’t both be used here?

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

I was wrong NO.3and No.4.
The ( ) person… why is “both” wrong? And No.4 too

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Thanks for this free lesson. I am learning a lot.

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

thx 4 the lesson this is the first time i know wt’s the different between oldest and eldest

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

thanks for the topic .. you explained it very well.

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Thanks!! :D

Monday, April 23rd 2012

great lesson

Monday, April 23rd 2012

thnx for lesson mr alex

Monday, April 23rd 2012

it is a extremely mind blowing technique……..
THANKS ALEX…….

Monday, April 23rd 2012

mr alex is the greatest teacher’yes you’re right it’s oldest only good job!!!

Monday, April 23rd 2012

Dear Alex,

“As far as” VS “So far as”

Those combination of words confuses me.
The both have the same translation.

Could you please explain me difference in their application?

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Wow! Great teacher. keep it up!

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Thanks for your good lesson,it makes me more understand.

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

whoaa.. i wasn’t unsure about the differences between those two words, now i do…thank you teacher!! :D

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

thanks for lesson!

Thursday, April 26th 2012

I like your course,Alex.thank you so much.

Thursday, April 26th 2012

Well, I was lil worse in grammer. but now-a-days takin quiz and watchin engvid improved me. thanks a lot!!! ^_^ <3<3

Friday, April 27th 2012

firstly,I thank all the group teachers.believe me if i said that all your lessons are helpful. and they’ll assist not only students but anyone had a desire to improve his/her language.i’m a moroccan english student .I send you many salute. please; could you do some videos about how to lecture ,I mean how to deliver a presentation? thanks ,take care;cheerio

Friday, April 27th 2012

hi alex! someone hacked you facebook account, and starts to talk to me asking for money..

take care

Friday, April 27th 2012

I have been studying  English at school but now I am thinking leave it and use that time to attend your lessons. You explain exelente, I’m agree, you are  doing a great job!!

Saturday, April 28th 2012

thanks alex

Saturday, April 28th 2012

many thanks to you

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

thanx

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

i love this link a lot!! thanks.. it’s very useful for me!!

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

thanx Alex

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Good Lesson! Thank you!

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Thanks sir,I really known difference between oldest and eldest and now next I will be not confuse when I use to this word,Thanks once again

Sunday, May 6th 2012

Way 2 go!

Monday, May 7th 2012

Could you explain this
I am the __________ sibling in my family.
oldest
eldest
both

the answer is both…
why…???

Wednesday, May 9th 2012

    U know…both r correct bcoz we can use both eldest n oldest 2 talk about people n sibling is a person.
    Glad I could help!

    Saturday, September 1st 2012

Shouldn’t the answer of both questions no.3 and no.4 be (both)?

Thursday, May 10th 2012

Can i get the basic tutorials

Sunday, May 13th 2012

Hi Alex

Thank u to teach us

I scored 9 out of 10

Monday, May 14th 2012

thanks alot

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

ha make two mistake :( its question 3 and 4 why are there answer oldest and not’t both? where are personal used I don’t understand

Friday, May 25th 2012

Thanks a lot Mr. Alex for clarifying the difference between eldest and oldest.

Friday, May 25th 2012

I’ve never understood the difference between oldest and eldest…you’ve explained so well…so I don’t have any doubts, now. Thank you for your class

Friday, June 8th 2012

Thanks a lot!!
Great job, Really!!

Sunday, June 17th 2012

VERY CONFUSING GUESENT

Friday, June 22nd 2012

thanks Alex.. Very good lesson!

Monday, July 2nd 2012

Very nice, thank you

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

good one

Saturday, July 14th 2012

hey alex would you plz make a video on use of would in future

Monday, July 16th 2012

“absolute” and “superlative” don’t matter. eldest can be used for any group of related persons, especially relatives or the same family. in reality, it is mostly only used in reference to siblings.

#3: the group if people live in the world. it is not a family.
#4: players belonging to Manchester United is not a family.
#5: it refers to relative.
#7: it refers to siblings.
#10: it also refers to siblings.

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

Thank you Alex

Saturday, August 25th 2012

Hi Alex, Thanks for your lesson. As many people asked before, I neither understand why in the quiz the answers of the questions 3 and 4 are “oldest” and not “both”? Jeanne Calment and Ryan Giggs are both people… Please explain it to us!!

Saturday, September 22nd 2012

thanks dear teacher I have a question please
May I use only eldest if it is fit for both people and things so I will be free and get red of the grammar problems

Thursday, October 11th 2012

HI Alex,
Your lessons are incredibly interesting. I have a terrible confusion regarding usage of Although, yet or still in one single sentence. Can these be used?
Thanks

Sunday, November 18th 2012

thanks a lot for this lesson.
I have a question, why we can not use both in the following sentence?
The __________ person to ever live was named Jeanne Calment. She was from France, and died at the age of 122.
oldest
eldest
both

Sunday, November 18th 2012

Thanks

Friday, December 7th 2012

Thanks a lot Alex for your time and effort, and I have a question on this lesson, you mentioned that Oldest can be used person, things and absolutes, it means that for superlatives we are just allowed to use Oldest where there is The ….before that so why we can see the opposites in the examples?

Tuesday, December 18th 2012

thank you very much for such interesting lesson

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

Thank you so much.

Saturday, January 5th 2013

thank you for this lesson.i understood everything about this grammar rule but except -both-

Monday, January 21st 2013

Thanks Alex. I got 90%. It was very interesting.You are the One !

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

thanks Alex, I got 90%! Very good lesson!

Sunday, February 17th 2013

hi Alex. i have some confusion about the differences between ‘convince’ and ‘persuade’. could you explain more clearly for me, plz?

Thursday, April 25th 2013

really all your lessons help a lot , many thanks :)

Saturday, June 8th 2013

This lesson helped me, thanks!

Saturday, July 13th 2013

Hi teacher Alex. In my opinion i’m the oldest student in your class.Cheers from Athens!!

Thursday, July 18th 2013

Alex,I haven’t known the difference before.I am a bit confused.My score is 90.Thanks alot.Take care.

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thank you Alex, great lesson.

Monday, August 26th 2013

thaaaaaaaaaaannk you :)

Saturday, August 31st 2013

Hi Alex. What did you mean exactly by absolute? I did not understand the meaning fella! And by the way, you’re my favourite! Your lessons are quite informative. You’re helping me to become a knowledgeable teacher! Glad to meet you! A feather in my cap!

Thursday, September 5th 2013

Nice hairstyle.

Friday, September 6th 2013

Yes this is a great lesson thanks

Saturday, November 23rd 2013

I gess you’re right. In superlative form we use only oldest. The same situation is in the 7th sentence “She’s the _________ of four siblings”. But is possible, I am not understand this lesson.

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

Thanks a lot, Mr Alex! Useful lesson!!!

Friday, December 13th 2013

90%.

Thursday, February 27th 2014
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