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Re: Youngest or younger?

This one is always correct:

I'll start because I'm the youngest.

This one is only correct if there are two of you:

I'll start because I'm the younger.

Re: Youngest or younger?

I agree with GM. The 2nd sentence of Jane Austen’s Emma reads: “She [Emma] was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father”. However, I've seen numerous posts on other websites condemning this usage on the grounds of some supposed rule which demands that “younger” be used here. I suspect that Jane Austen’s usage is widely supported, and I should welcome comments.

Re: Youngest or younger?

Mr. Household:
Your suspicions are unfounded.