Quick answer
"Older" is an adjective which is often translated as "mayor", and "younger" is an adjective which is often translated as "menor". Learn more about the difference between "older" and "younger" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. mayor
Just because you're older than me doesn't mean you're smarter.Tan solo porque eres mayor que yo no significa que seas más inteligente.
b. más viejo
I married a man who's older than me.Me casé con un hombre más viejo que yo.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm three years older than my brother.Tengo tres años más que mi hermano.
My sister is two years older than me.Mi hermana me lleva dos años.
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younger
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (comparative)
a. menor
My younger brother just graduated from college.Mi hermano menor acaba de graduarse de la universidad.
b. más joven
Ana Maria was two years younger than her boyfriend.Ana María era dos años más joven que su novio.
c. más chico
Daniel is younger than the other students in his grade.Daniel es más chico que los demás alumnos de su curso.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (comparative)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Ian acts younger than he is because his parents spoil him.Ian se comporta como un niño más chiquito de lo que es porque sus padres lo miman.
Marieta is sometimes mistaken for her daughter over the phone because she sounds younger than she actually is.A veces confunden a Marieta con su hija en el teléfono porque suena más joven de lo que realmente es.
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