I read a sentence " He gave the most money". In this sentence "most" is used as an adjective. If I want to use "most" as an adverb can I say "He gave money the most" Is the latter correct grammar? and if it is does it sound natural?

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  • In your example, "most" is a determiner, not an adjective. Your second example is probably ungrammatical. Why do you want to use it?
    – BillJ
    May 27, 2017 at 13:15
  • I think the former "most" is superlative adjective because it describes the noun money. Regarding the latter, I'm curious because when using superlative adverb "most", you usually use it after a verb which in this case is "gave money". If there were 3 people who gave money and one person gave the most so wouldn't "He gave money the most" be correct grammar?
    – user54219
    May 27, 2017 at 14:27
  • No, "most" is never an adjective: see here: link. In your example, "most" is a superlative determiner used to determine the noun "money", cf. "much money" (plain) ~"more money (comparative) ~ "most money" (superlative). As I told you, your other example may be ungrammatical, but in any case it would still be a determiner
    – BillJ
    May 27, 2017 at 15:30
  • I believe "most" can be used as superlative adjectives en.oxforddictionaries.com/grammar/… merriam-webster.com/dictionary/most dictionary.com/browse/most. but any way, going back to my original question which is about superlative adverb "most" for ex. John sang 2 songs, Mike sang 3 songs and Peter sang 4 songs, so wouldn't it be correct to say Peter sang songs the most?
    – user54219
    May 27, 2017 at 15:32
  • Using that grammar, Peter(noun) , sang (verb) , songs (noun) and the most(adverb) could we also say He gave money the most. He(noun) gave(verb) money(noun) the most(adverb)?
    – user54219
    May 27, 2017 at 15:36

1 Answer 1


"He gave the most money" and "He gave money the most" mean two different things. The first is a comparison to others giving money. The second is a comparison to other things he gives.

In sum, it's grammatical. It's natural. But watch for meaning.

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