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Commonly Confused Words

Elder & Older


Elder - refers to only people; a senior person that is a leader because of his/her age; a person that is of an older age

  • I love my elder sister.
  • Tammy is my eldest daughter.
  • People should respect their elders.
  • The elders have a lot of influence in our town.
  • Do you respect the elders in the community?

Older - refers to everything; something that has been around for a long time

  • My sister is older then me.
  • I have 5 older brothers.
  • That car is older than my car.
  • I always adopt older dogs. They make great pets.
  • My car is older than me.

Ever & Forever

Elder & Older

Either & Neither

Early Bird & Night Owl

Especially & Specially

Everyday & Everyday

ESL & EFL

Figure Out & Discover

Fix & Healthy

Figure & Figure Out

Fast Food & Junk Food

Flower & Flour

Following & Next & Preceding

For & To

Fun & Funny

Grey & Gray

Go Through The Roof


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