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Hi everybody,

Could you please tell me which sentences are correct?

#1 Gorden and Mike are brothers. Gorden is elder to former.

#2 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is elder to the latter.

#3 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is elder to Mike.

Thank you
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Hi,

Could you please tell me which sentences are correct?

#1 Gorden and Mike are brothers. Gorden is elder to former.

#2 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is elder to the latter.

#3 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is elder to Mike.

The word 'elder' is not used a lot, particularly in everyday Engidh

Here are natural sentences.

#1 Gorden and Mike are brothers. Gorden is the older one..

#2 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is the older one.

#3 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is older than Mike.

But also note this.

'The former' is used more when the thing or person referred to requires a lot of words to repeat.
eg Instead of repeating 'the man iin the brown suit who is smoking a cigarette', say 'the former'.
Same thing with 'the latter'.

Clive

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Ehi. Actually none of them is correct. Remember that when you make a comparison you must use than after the first term:

#1 Gorden and Mike are brothers. Gorden is elder to than the former.

#2 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is elder to than the latter.

#3 Gorden and Mike are brothers. The former is elder to than Mike.

Remember this, regards
Thanks very much for your time and help Clive
Thanks very much for your time and help Mark K
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