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When I search the word 'edifying' in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, I get the sample sentence:

Being left in a bar all afternoon with a load of football fans is not the most edifying of experiences.

My question is if this sentence is grammatical. What part of speech is the word 'of' in the above sentence? Should it be the following instead?

Being left in a bar all afternoon with a load of football fans is not the most edifying experiences.

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    Why would a dictionary sample sentence not be grammatical? of is a preposition. The most edifying of experiences= the most edifying experience [singular] – Lambie Aug 7 at 21:14
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    Ah, you are right! It means the most edifying experience (of all the experiences.) – Tom Bennett Aug 7 at 21:28
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    @TomBennett "Not the most X of Y" is kind of an idiomatic expression, often used for sarcastic emphasis. For example, "I love my friends but listening to them talk about football for hours and hours is not the most enjoyable of conversations" – Andrew Aug 8 at 1:30
  • It makes perfect sense now. Thanks. – Tom Bennett Aug 11 at 4:16

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