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I was told that the following sentences are wrong:

  1. I'm the one who drives the car most.

  2. I'm the one who drives most the car

It seems acceptable TO ME using "most" in this way. I have the impression that it acts as an adverb over "drives".


And I also was told that the following is right:

  1. I'm the one who drives the car the most.

Wouldn't just the first article be enough? I say this because according to the "English club", we can only have one "main determiner" in a noun phrase.

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    Sentences 1 and 3 are correct and natural. Sentence 2 is arguably bad grammar, and at best highly unnatural.
    – gotube
    Commented Nov 15, 2022 at 16:23

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In some contexts, using it one way or the other can change the meaning. For example, "I eat most food" would mean that you eat most kinds of food, whereas "I eat the most food" would mean you eat more food than anyone else in the context of what you are speaking about (eg in your family, in your peer group).

Your examples 1 and 3 are both correct. The context of this specific example doesn't make any difference which you use.

  1. I'm the one who drives the car most.
  2. I'm the one who drives most the car
  3. I'm the one who drives the car the most.

Example 2 is wrong. But instead of 'most', you could use the adverb 'mostly' and say:

  • I'm the one who mostly drives the car.
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    Right, it is a superlative adverb. Worth saying.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 15, 2022 at 19:23
  • Thank you, people :)) Commented Nov 15, 2022 at 19:50

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