Are the words senior and junior comparatives or superlatives?:

He’s the senior partner. (senior as a superlative?)

Senior pupils have certain privileges. Only one manager is senior to me now. (senior as a comparative?)

She married a man seven years her junior. (junior as a comparative?)

An office junior is someone who has a low rank in an organization or profession. (junior as a comparative?)

Tom junior has to go to class today. (junior as a superlative?)

Are the words “first, second,…, forty fifth,..., etc” considered as comparatives ones?

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In naming sons after their fathers, when does a Jr. become a Second? Would it be when their is a third in succession?
Hello Anon,

Your post really isn't related to the prior questions, which are also quite old, so it's best to start a new thread.

As I undestand it, a "Jr" doesn't become a "II."

If John Paul Jones has a son, Steven Jones, and Steven Jones names HIS son John Paul Jones, then, the grandson is Joahn Paul Jones, II.

Jr. stays Jr all his life, I believe.
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Hi GG,

I thought it went like this.

Tom Smith.

Son - Tom Smith Jr.

Grandson - Tom Smith III.

It's a mainly American custom, I think.

Absolutely, if Thomas Edison Smith names his OWN son Thomas Edison Smith, then the son is "Jr.," and remains Jr. his entire life.

But you can have a "second" (II) if it's not a direct father son relationship, as with the John Paul Jones example.

Oh, I see.

Do a lot of people do that kind of thing?

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I don't think so. I've only known a few "Juniors" in my life and only one "III." I think I did know a II once who was named for his grandfather. I think "old money" people do this more than most people.

(By the way, for anyone still reading, someone who is a III will often have "Trip" as a nickname.)

When I said it was mainly an American custom, I was ignoring the English Kings and Queens, of course.

Clive I