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Is this sentence correct with or without "the"? Why?

You tidy the living room while I do the washing-up. That’ll be the quickest.

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    I'd say both are fine. the is the "most correct", but many do drop it.
    – Lambie
    Jun 5 '18 at 23:13
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    I would use the, because technically you are saying "That’ll be the quickest (way)" where the noun way gets the article.
    – user3169
    Jun 6 '18 at 0:02
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You can use either, but the meaning is slightly different in theory (though I can't detect any difference in practice).

If you say That'll be the quickest, there is an implied "way". "Quickest" is an adjective. (You cannot omit the noun like this with most adjectives, but there is an exception for superlatives)

If you say That'll be quickest, I would interpret "quickest" as an adverb, and there is nothing omitted.

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Since you are talking about the singular

quickest

way to get the chores done, out of the different permutations

the

is best to use.

the fastest
the best
the easiest

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