Is correct to use the adjective "young" for objects? For example, in a sentence like this: "This painting is younger than that one.", I think it would be better to use "new" for "painting", but then, using the comparative form "newer" doesn't seem appropriate either. So, my question is: Is "This painting is younger than that one." correct?

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    This painting is more recent than that one.
    – user140086
    Jan 27, 2016 at 7:30
  • "Younger" is usually associated with age of something. If you Google search "define newer", the very first thing you see would be "comparative adjective" in the results. So "Painting B is newer than Painting A" is correct
    – BiscuitBoy
    Jan 27, 2016 at 7:42
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    @Giselle Trajano Generally, for objects we use "newer" and "older". And with paintings, we sometimes use the word "work" instead of "painting". "This is one of Monet's newer works".
    – BillJ
    Jan 27, 2016 at 11:08
  • For a painting I would use "newer" or "more recent".
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 27, 2016 at 20:05

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To answer the question, yes it is still correct. However it can be more ambiguous than "newer"

If you want to explicitly reference the chronology of things, using younger can sometimes be ambiguous. For example:

Her recent paintings lack the depth and allure of her younger works.

In this case you can see that younger is referring to something further in the past, not closer (and is interchangeable with "older" strangely enough)

Using "most recent" or "newest" is probably the least ambiguous way to explicitly communicate that the painting has no peers created after it was.


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