Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television
Both mean “most advanced in age” so is there a difference? Can they be used interchangeably? This is one of the more controversial word uses with some sites saying that the eld- applies only to people but old- can apply equally to people and inanimate objects alike.
“He is the eldest of the three siblings”
“The oldest city in the USA is Jamestown, Virginia”