The sentence below seems to me to be correct:

They have the technology that is documented the best.

But, can I use a little bit changed sentence as follow:

They have the technology that is the best documented.

  • "They have the best documented technology" also works. – MorganFR Nov 2 '16 at 12:14
  • "that is document the best" is not grammatical in English! I'm sorry but I don't understand people saying it is. Not sure the word you want here is documented. They have technology with the best documentation. – Lambie Nov 2 '16 at 14:55
  • Their technology is the best documented of all the ones I tried. – Lambie Nov 2 '16 at 14:57
  • I'd suggest a hyphen in your version, @MorganFR. "The best documented technology" can be read as "the best technology with documentation" instead of "the technology with the best documentation". The hyphen in "the best-documented technology" guarantees that the adjective applies to the participle. – Gary Botnovcan Nov 2 '16 at 15:01
  • 1
    "most well-documented" is probably the more common way to say this. – Andrew Nov 2 '16 at 15:10

Both of the sentences make perfect sense grammatically, but I think the clearest way to write it would be "They have the best documented technology", as it's more streamlined and less awkwardly worded than the other sentences.

| improve this answer | |
  • No, /that is documented the best/ is simply not grammatical. X has the best documentation. One can use: best documented technology, ok. – Lambie Nov 2 '16 at 14:56
  • @Lambie What exactly makes it incorrect? How is it any different from saying "the man who runs the fastest"? – williamlue929 Nov 2 '16 at 15:03
  • I'd say that it may sound kind of awkward, but I don't think there's anything grammatically wrong with it. – williamlue929 Nov 2 '16 at 15:05
  • For me, it is not native speaker of English usage at all. You might say: "They have the technology that is documented the best" but you would not write it. – Lambie Nov 2 '16 at 15:19
  • I agree that it's bad writing, but is still doesn't make it grammatically incorrect, just clunky. – williamlue929 Nov 2 '16 at 15:46

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.