I made up a sentence:

"I love you most."

Does it mean that I love you more than I love others or I love you more than others do?

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    The sentence is ambiguous. Until there is more information, its meaning remains unclear. – Ronald Sole Jun 12 '20 at 18:51
  • @RonaldSole I disagree; in a romantic conversation, couples may banter "I love you / I love you more / I love you most", so it make sense to me in that way. – Danneyland Jun 12 '20 at 19:22
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    @Danneyland True - but it also makes sense the other way. That's the problem. – Ronald Sole Jun 13 '20 at 15:37

It means you love them more than any other person that you know.

For example, if you have a favourite singer, you prefer them the most out of all the singers you know. This doesn't mean other fans can't consider them their favourite too, it only means that they are your favourite.

In English, we use more and most to indicate how much we do things like love, prefer, dance, and so on. We also use better and best to describe how well we do things like dance, paint, and sing. Let's compare:

  • She dances more than him.

  • She dances the most in her group.

  • She dances better than him.

  • She dances the best in her group.

  • Then how about "I scare you most"? Does it mean that I scare a lot of people but you are the weakest victim of all? According to your way of thinking, it does, but in my opinion it means that I am your worst nightmare (there are many things that scares you but I am the most scary). What do you think? – Vova Jun 12 '20 at 20:51

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