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Grammar curmudgeons - help settle an argument please!

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Pamina3 Fri 25-Feb-05 09:17:15

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purpleturtle Fri 25-Feb-05 09:20:06

I think I'm with you Pamina3. It's natural to infer from "eldest" that there are 3 (or more!). I did have to think about it for a minute though, so I don't think there's a lot in it.

Freckle Fri 25-Feb-05 10:39:13

It is elder (of 2), but eldest of more than 2.

Toothache Fri 25-Feb-05 10:48:50

lol at this thread!

StuartC Fri 25-Feb-05 10:51:46

Collins English Grammar states "The comparative form of an adjective is commonly used to compare two people, things, or states........The superlative form is used for more than two people, things, or states......."

Bagpuss30 Fri 25-Feb-05 10:53:22

Blimey Pamina, I have a degree in English and I had to really think hard about that . I think you are right though .

Gobbledigook Fri 25-Feb-05 11:04:09

I'm with you Pamina, I think you are right.

Gobbledigook Fri 25-Feb-05 11:04:26

I'm a scientist though so don't take my word for it

Hayls Fri 25-Feb-05 11:10:11

Yep, you're right. Definitely 'est' if there are more than 2

popsycal Fri 25-Feb-05 11:12:36

agree with you pamina

tamum Fri 25-Feb-05 11:17:39

Pamina, you are absolutey right, it's one of my pet hates when people use words like "eldest" inappropriately. That's how sad I am

Gwenick Fri 25-Feb-05 11:19:04

well I call my boys 'oldest' and 'youngest'

tamum Fri 25-Feb-05 11:22:51


Gwenick Fri 25-Feb-05 11:23:16

urgggg to you tooo

Gobbledigook Fri 25-Feb-05 11:23:21

Me too Gwenick but I've got 3 so I'm allowed

Gwenick Fri 25-Feb-05 11:23:58

well I@ve got 3 if you include my DH

tamum Fri 25-Feb-05 11:24:05

That's the only answer Gwenick, you will have to have another child just to placate me.

tarantula Fri 25-Feb-05 11:24:46

I agree with you Pamina I remember our English teacher at school giving us a puzzle about this in school. Cant remember the puzzle but the answer was two because 'er' was used rather than 'est' IYSWIM

MunchedTooManyMarsLady Fri 25-Feb-05 11:24:54

I'm also allowed.

I think that this is really funny!

Gwenick Fri 25-Feb-05 11:26:23

hmmm think I'd better get over the current PND and talk DH into another one before getting pg with no.3

tamum Fri 25-Feb-05 11:27:14

Marslady, me too

Sorry about the PND Gwenick

Pamina3 Fri 25-Feb-05 13:35:07

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Bagpuss30 Fri 25-Feb-05 13:39:56

Now, that would annoy me too Pamina.

HappyDaddy Fri 25-Feb-05 16:50:38

I've just joined and, now, I discover that I'm grammatically challenged. Oh, the shame.

SleepyJess Fri 25-Feb-05 17:07:57

Yes! Yes! (re 'whenever YOUR eating..'!).. I hate this too! it's not rocket science is it?! I mean I thought I was pernickity over grammar although the original subject of the thread was beyond me.. .. but your and you're...!

I visited the town where I used to live last week.. and a shop has had a new sign made proudly displaying its wares.. one of which is 'STATIONARY'! Arggghhhh! It's written twice in 3 foot glow in the dark plastic!! You'd think they someone would have checked the dictionary for the difference between 'stationary' and 'stationery' wouldn't you! Easy mistake to make I guess... but on permanent signs??!!!

Nearly as annoying as 'JACKET POTATOE'!!!!

SJ x

PS DISCLAIMER: Any errors within this posting are typos NOT spelling/grammar mistakes. (Well probably!

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