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Would you please tell me what the following sentence mean? Who is older than who?

Janet's sister was eight years her elder.

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closed as general reference by RegDwigнt May 5 '13 at 11:46

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Janet's sister was eight years older than Janet. Maybe you'll get a more detailed answer on ell.stackexchange.com not on ELU. – Kris May 5 '13 at 11:36
Thank you Kris. I didn't know about ELL. – Nate May 5 '13 at 11:43
I'm afraid the answer is right there in the first three words. "Janet's sister was". That alone makes the sentence impossible to be misparsed such that it's Janet who's older. It's quite straightforward, really. Your mistake is all in the title, where you replaced the unambiguous "Janet's sister" with a meaningless "she". Why you did that, escapes me, but if you undo that, you immediately get your answer back. – RegDwigнt May 5 '13 at 11:46
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Janet's sister is eight years older than Janet.

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:) Why the down vote? – Kris May 5 '13 at 11:53

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