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what does the word "youngster" mean compared to young?
thanks in advance

Hi Al-Hussaini mohamed,

'youngster' is a noun and 'young' is an adjective, though it's true that we speak about 'the young' (and here it is like a noun). 'youngster' tends to be used to refer to children who are not very young, say from about the age of 12 and up, but this is not always true. Otherwise, there is no general difference I can think of, though 'youngster' is used less commonly than 'the young'. If there's a specific context you're curious about, please don't hesitate to ask us about it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Well... what about 'oldster'? Is it commonly used, Kirk?

Hi Rafaela1,

'oldster' is not a word in standard British or American English. There is the word 'elderly', which is used to speak of older people, e.g. 'The elderly are undervalued in modern society'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Kirk,
Oh my god...!
By the way, I hear that the word "a senior citizen" is gaining increased attention nowadays instead of saying 'the elderly'. e.g. "The senior citizens are valued in our society." Does this sound okay? :)

Hello Rafaela1,

Yes, 'senior citizen' is a common term nowadays which is seen as more respectful that 'the elderly'.

You don't need the definite article in your sentence as you are talking about senior citizens in general, not a particular group of them:

Senior citizens are valued in our society.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, Peter! :)

I'm a bit fat with medium hight and short, black hair. I'm a mother, and I'm Vietnamese. Nice to meet all of you

I am a tall and thin man, I have long hair but still attached.

My daughter is very beautiful, it's true even if I'm her father and therefore not really impartial :)

I'm rather old then young but in my country there is saying "People are as old/young as they feel" and according to my feelings I am young.
I'm 169cm tall and 64kg fat, people usually say that I'm thin. I've medium dark hair and eyes.
My son is handsome, young man, 186cm tall and 84kg fat. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He runs about 10-15km every day and is in very good condition.