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Normally we use definite article when we want to talk about something known or specific, but I noticed that always people used to put a definite article before superlatives even when they are talking about something generally.

For example:

"The best quality of gold can be found in the most of the countries".

and I'm wondering what's wrong for example with:

Best quality of gold can be found in most of countries

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Is it always necessary to use definite article before superlatives? No exceptions? If there are examples for not using definite articles when using superlatives I'd like to know about them.

For example, can I say I am happiest. He is fastest. She is friendliest. without using definite article?

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