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Do I use and or or with the highest?

Is it:

The highest of a and b.

or

The highest of a or b.

?

  • Why do you want to use or without any comparison? Should be "The highest of a <list>, which is joined by and. "Which is higher, A or B?" is OK. – user3169 Feb 29 '16 at 17:58
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Usually, a group of objects follows after 'the highest of':

Mount Harvard is the highest of the Collegiate Peaks of Colorado and the third highest peak of the Rocky Mountains. 1

Therefore, I'd go for 'and' in your case, but it still sounds unnatural to me.

For numbers or quantities, it is more common to talk about the maximum:

What does this function return? The maximum of A and B.

  • I agree. The maximum sounded right to me. Thank you. – OOzy Pal Feb 29 '16 at 8:04

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