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You've asked a question on .stack and don't get an answer for 5 straight days. So you say, "Is my question that hard? 5 days and not the smallest response!"

Or should it be "...and not a smallest response!"?

Or "... and not a slightest response!"?

Or "... and not even one response!"?

or should it be something else?

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    I wouldn't use smallest/slightest because there is no comparison. There just aren't any. So "not a single response". "not even one response" is also ok. – user3169 Nov 24 '18 at 1:58
  • @user3169 - That's an answer! – brilliant Nov 24 '18 at 2:00
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I think you may have in mind a scenario like this:

We've been discussing these things for weeks now, and we haven't heard the tiniest peep out of you. Why are you suddenly objecting?

That pattern using the superlative doesn't adapt very well to an online forum.

Perhaps briefest or most basic or most rudimentary could be used.

The question was up there for five days without even the briefest answer.

The question was up there for five days without even the most basic answer.

The question was up there for five days without even the most rudimentary answer.

The pattern presents the thing as feeble or meager, the least one could possibly do.

The question was up there for five days without even the most slapdash answer.

The question was up there for five days without even the most half-baked answer.

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  • Thank you for all these interesting suggestions. I like "briefest" the most. Could I still use the "there is..." structure with it (like "... and there is not even the briefest answer")? – brilliant Nov 24 '18 at 15:47
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    Yes, but with a time period I'd use the present perfect: "... and there has been not even the briefest answer". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 24 '18 at 17:05

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