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As far as I know, when using "most" as an adverb to describe a verb we can omit "the" .

1-They all cried, but Claire cried the most.

1'-They all cried, but Claire cried most.

But when using "most" before an adverb, should I use "the" before "most" ?

2-The question that is asked the most often.

2'-The question that is asked most often. (It is the most often asked question of a number of questions or It is just asked very often?)

  • As "most" in "most often" is also an adverb, therefore using "the" would be erroneous. – Zeeshan Ali May 1 at 10:29
  • It could be needless but I don't think it would be erroneous. – Talha Özden May 1 at 10:57
  • Articles are basically adjectives and adjectives by definition point to a noun or a pronoun and not to an adverb or any other part of speech. – Zeeshan Ali May 1 at 12:00
  • You can use the before "most" when it was used as an adverb. For example: "It was Aunt Margaret who complained the most." (macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/most_1) – Talha Özden May 1 at 12:41
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    The use of the is optional. It's certainly not ungrammatical to use it. It's simply personal preference if you want to include it or not. – Jason Bassford May 1 at 17:19
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  • The question that is asked the most often is: "How can I find a job?"

  • The question that is asked most often is: "How can I find a job?"

Both are correct, and the meaning is essentially the same.

Examples found online:

See https://ludwig.guru/s/the+most+often for some additional examples using "the"

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