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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?

emanahmed

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

    MARYCARMEN

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

    Rodzyn

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

    Jeevan

    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!!

    jafcru12

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

    Elvin

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

    elvin580

    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!

    fatiima8

      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.

      jafcru12

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

        jafcru12

        ….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!

        fatiima8

    Yes. I think You’re right,completely right

    Ubirajara Paulo da Silva

    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

    dess

    I agree with you! If there is a pronoum “the”, we should use only “oldest”, isn´t there?

    alexdiscacciati@gmail.com

It is good iunderstood clearly,thanks a lot.

shahnazparveen

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

noramizi

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

    Jeevan

      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!

      fatiima8

        Actually I don’t suppose your sentence totally correct. I think I should be “She is the oldest woman LIVING in the oldest city”.

        Sebert

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

antonio britto

thanks alex

mshmsh

thanks Alex

asadalifaizi

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

sony

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

Efrain

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

MariaK

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 ?

jesusangel

thanks u are very nice

bernadette

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???????/

CREBIO

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

raji kumar

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

    Karina

Thanks for changing the flag Engvid :)

maher10

Thanks so much Alex

junetran208

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

Igor

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 :)

Sahar

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

Beginner

Thanks teacher.

mursaleen45

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

masa58

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

aleklawa

Dear Alex thanks alot for this.

basitali110

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…

basitali110

thank u so much teacher alex >>>

shuraimatiq

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

mohamed

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

héctor

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

ABDULRAHIM HAMID

thanks …….it’s very useful 4 me…..

qiya

Thanks

Aschelove

thank you so much teachers
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gibrahim200

thank you Alex

riadona

Thanks a lot !!!

bink

Dear Vallen Teacher,

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Nasar

Thank you!

kentiya

thank you teacher

nawel

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!!!

snejka08

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

surenkhach95

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.

jo9142

thanks for your good lesson that was understandible

eng.adam

thank you Alex

prashanthy

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?

tin

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

tin

Ryan Giggs is the ________________ player on Manchester United.

why can’t both be used here?

john

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

patrick22

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

honey

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

doda

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

hannazis23

Thanks!! :D

Eve

great lesson

alialnamah1978

thnx for lesson mr alex

ahmedmohamed88

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

kaushal bahuguna

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

synthychndaya

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?

grenadier

Wow! Great teacher. keep it up!

Sara

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

chadaporn

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

Didi

thanks for lesson!

lev77

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

rabbit

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

Oyo Lhamo

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

abdou kaka

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

take care

gonzalo

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!!

salbix

thanks alex

zeze714

many thanks to you

liosso

thanx

ekramalamri

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

mei

thanx Alex

Maha

Good Lesson! Thank you!

lucasleitao

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

shakir

Way 2 go!

fatiima8

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

the answer is both…
why…???

jamilah

    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!

    fatiima8

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

ahmedselim

Can i get the basic tutorials

devilchezhi

Hi Alex

Thank u to teach us

I scored 9 out of 10

Abdul Qayum

thanks alot

Mahmoud

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

popola

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

peet001

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

Angelina

Thanks a lot!!
Great job, Really!!

Azul

VERY CONFUSING GUESENT

abm

thanks Alex.. Very good lesson!

elvira35

Very nice, thank you

emilia

good one

sharanu

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

azra22

“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.

marronfield

Thank you Alex

muhanad

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!!

milly

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

preemy

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

Abe

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

riad85

Thanks

Reza

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?

Soheila

thank you very much for such interesting lesson

argenis

Thank you so much.

Thuong

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

sevinc

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

Angel

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

Sally S

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

huyen

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

raj12dec88

This lesson helped me, thanks!

sgmmm

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

pafsilipoclub

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

daffodile

Thank you Alex, great lesson.

Dorian Garcia

thaaaaaaaaaaannk you :)

Assinate

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!

mohamadastro

Nice hairstyle.

Aekanta

Yes this is a great lesson thanks

Sultani

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.

gmostek

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

Ip Man Lee

90%.

Abdul Qayum

thanks a lot, this lesson is very useful

moezbesbes

what are absolutes?

Ayush Parakh

Hi Alex! Would you explain the answers in items 7 & 10, please? I’ve chosen the oldest but the right answers are “both”…

Michael Zelenko

Hi Alex, As for the exercise above, I’m a little bit confused as you said that in superlative we rather use oldest so why in question 10 and 7, it should be both versions are correct answer? Thanks Radek

radeks

thank you very much!!! :)

mvd777

Dear Alex till now we do not have your answer on the absolute. What is right?. To use oldest as u mentioned in your tutorial or both oldest and eldest? Please, we are waiting for your answer

elsharkawi

ty buut there’s itty-bitty
don’t u tell us that we use oldest when we talk about superlative”

kotoz

    Why Mr.Kotoz ?

    Adwait Shiva

I love Alex”s lessons

Adwait Shiva

Thanks a lot Alex!

Jonathas Wilhem

Thanks!

shihai182

Thank you Mr. Alex.

Alex-1956
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