Questions tagged [superlatives]

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Should I use “away” after “Farthest/Farther?”

I wish to know if it is okay to use "away" after the superlative/comparative forms of "Far" since I have come across this sentence: I am the farthest from the grace of my family members. Is this ...
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What is the comparative and superlative form of “super”?

I need a little help about how to form comparative and superlative degree for the word "super". I found on a website as super is used for comparative and superlative degree as well. And I also learnt ...
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Is stupidest a word?

Is the word stupidest grammatically incorrect? I've seen that you have to write "the most stupid," or something like that. But we're taught that stupidest is wrong.
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“(the) most greatest” or “(the) greatest”

I'm a beginner so soory for my English. I don't know and couldn't find which one is right on the internet. Is"(the) most greatest" used by people? Or like, is it right to use that? I saw this in a ...
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How to use competitive for a group of people?

I want to say that 2-3 people are the most competitive, they are part for the same group. In theory "the most" is for a single. I do not know how to say for a group of people or characteristics. Is ...
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“The most frequently available devices are walking canes and talking watch.”

The most frequently available devices are walking canes and talking watch. In the sentence, Is it correct If I mention two devices even though I use "the most frequent"? OR I should mention only one ...
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He is the best soccer player “on” his team. vs He is the best soccer player “in” his team

He is the best soccer player on his team. He is the best soccer player in his team Are both preposition correct? I learned that when we make superlative expresstion, we usually use preposition ...
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Question about “most” usage and meaning

I want to ask about a particular usage of the "most" word. When I say (talking about YouTube videos for e.g.): Videos with most views does it convey the meaning that those videos have views more ...
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strangest or the most strange

I found a lot of newspapers use "the most strange" instead of strangest. Why is that? Is it an option to use "the most" instead of the superlative form "est"? BBC: Elizabeth Jane Howard discusses ...
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Which of the following go with the superlative adjective form

Although the English language doesn't have the largest number of native speakers in the world, it has the widest reach of any language spoken today. Or Although the English language doesn't have ...
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Best actor, it is best to go there early..why “the” is omitted?

In many sentences I cannot find a reason why the definite article is omitted in superlatives, eg.: It's best to get to the supermarket early. He won the award for best actor, and deservedly so. In ...
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“it is best” vs. “it is the best”

I have met the following expression: It is best not to do something. The issue is I thought that with the superlative form of an adverb we should use the article "the" ("the most" or "the best", e....
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The definite before comparative degree

Which is the cheaper of the two? is it correct or it should be Which is the cheapest of the two?
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Which would you say “I love sweets the best” or “I love sweets the most”?

"I love sweets the best" "I love sweets the most" Which sounds more natural? Is there a small change in meaning, or am I imagining it? Does it sound fine to add "of all food" at the end? For ...
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Difference between up and out

I know that this may sound a little stupid, but as a foreign we face different challenges trying to get used to the language. I'll reach up to you. I'll reach out to you?
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at + adj? is it correct?

She got married at 25 when she was at her most beautiful. The meteorological data for the period 2000–2017, when data are at their most reliable, were used in this study. Are these ...
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Superlative of tired

Is the a superlative of the word "tired"? I mean, you can say "you look very good" or say "you look superb". How can I say "I'm _word here_" instead of "I'm very tired"?
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Is there always a “the” before a superlative adjective?

For example: I could not face being alone again and losing the person dearest to me. I wonder why there is no "the" in front of "dearest".
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“The most something” vs. “most something”

It might be Procter & Gamble that makes the most washing powders. Do we need “the” here? It seems to me that the sentence means the number of washing powder trademarks offered by Procter & ...
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Does “quantitative” have a comparative and a superlative?

While academic fields can create their own algorithms for field-specific problems, they are all joined together by the same basic concepts about finding the best and most quantitative ways to ...
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“Wronger” and “wrongest” Vs. “more wrong” or “most wrong”

According to what I learnt, there are short and long adjectives. Short adjectives: one syllable. Long adjectives: two / three / four syllables. All of those short adjectives (one syllable) get ...
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Use of definite article with superlative adverbs

What is the exact rule of using the definite article with superlative adverbs? Had asked this question on the English language and usage site also, but no exact answer was given. For example: "...
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Talking about an achievement - “one of the harder thing's I've done”

Is it correct, when talking about an achievement, to say something was: "...one of the harder things I've done." I know I should probably say: "...one of the hardest things I've done" But for ...
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My earliest/earlier works

These paintings are my earliest works or These paintings are my earlier works Which one of this sentence is correct if I want to say that the paintings are the ones I paint at the beginning of my ...
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That's best..no article?

I struggle with the rules related to not using the definite article with the superlative. I know the following - the definite article is NOT used in these cases: Possessive pronouns (My best friend) ...
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(the) best players have little time for other hobbies

I am wondering, in the following sentence: (the) best players have little time for other hobbies. Should I use the definite article? I am talking about best players in general.
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An event for best friends - why there isn"t the definite article?

I know a few rules when the definite article is not used with superlatives, but none fits here: An event for best friends. If I add "the", it sounds odd to me, as if I talked about certain people. ...
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Superlative + noun / Superlative + of + noun

Is there any difference in meaning in the following examples? (with or without "of") 1- He comes from one of the grandest of Palestinian families. 1'- He comes from one of the grandest ...
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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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Comparison of adjectives [duplicate]

This shirt is the cheaper of the two I wonder why the comparison is cheaper and not cheapest. Aren't the sentence is referring to more than two items and so it should use -est? And cheaper will be ...
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Comparative vs. Superlative While Comparing Two Items

In his book section 176, 3rd ed., Swan says: Elder brother/sister are used when a person has only one brother/sister who is older; eldest is used when there are more. An elder son/daughter is ...
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The most used + Noun VS Noun + is used the most

Are both of the following sentences grammatical and interchangeable? 'The' is the most used word. Word 'the' is used the most.
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Does “most exclusive emphasis” need a “the” in front of it?

Does this sentence look grammatically incorrect to you? The weakness of the Turner theory is that it places most exclusive emphasis on the romantic idealism. A friend of mine asked if this ...
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If someone asks me: “is that clear enough?” can I answer “it is clearest” or it “Is the clearest”?

If someone ask me: "Is that clear enough?" (in meaning of "do you understand it clearly"?) can I answer by choosing one of the both answers or should I use one of them? 1) "It is clearest" (...
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What does “the least possible value” mean?

I was working on a GMAT question: The least possible value for the mean of the numbers of hours of TV reported for the week is [choices]. It a single choice question. But in the phrase "the least ...
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Is “toppest” not a word?

My question was edited just now. The editor pointed out that: fixing grammar ("toppest" is not a word; I'm guessing you mean "uppermost") But I find it does exist after searching: it's in Urban ...
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Why can “low” become “lower” and “lowest”, while “up” can't?

Why can "low" become lower (comparative) and lowest (superlative), while "up" can become only comparative (upper), rather than superlative (uppest)? The second question is what does act as a ...
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Which of the meanings of the adjective “mean” can have comparison or superlativeness?

Of of the gradable (synthetic) adjectives (adjective that have suffix of "-er" or "-est") is mean > meaner > meanest). Now looking at the dictionary, shows 7 meanings for this adjective! Adjective:...
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Is it correct to end a sentence with a superlative without followed noun?

Is it correct to end a sentence with a superlative without followed noun? For example: I am the happiest. He is the fastest. If it is not correct why do people widely use to say: "It is the best" ...
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“love most” versus “love the most”

I'd like to know if there is something I should know about when making a decision to use/not to use the article with most when it modifies the verb. For example, My main passion are the horses that'...
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Is it always necessary to use definite article before superlative? [duplicate]

Normally we use definite article when we want to talk about something known or specific, but I noticed that always people used to put a definite article before superlatives even when they are talking ...
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What do they care about most? or What do they care about the most? [duplicate]

What do they care about most? or What do they care about the most? Are both correct?
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“The” before a superlative adjective: why there is no definite article in “Your woodwork was worst of all”

I'd like to know, if you could tell me this :D So, there's this sentence: Your woodwork was worst of all. And there's the other one: The 4th of July was (the?) hottest day this summer. ...
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Use of the definite article before superlative adjectives

We achieve the best financial outcomes through highest ethical standards according to our Compliance Code, cost controlling, and protecting our assets, environment, and people. Is it correct to ...
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Using 'most': with or without 'the'?

I thought we need "the" before the word most. Such as in: She is the most beautiful girl. But, I came across this sentence: Most incredible is how many Islamic scholars have popped up over ...
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Using a superlative adjective as a noun

"Our new camera lens is so sensitive that even the slightest of details will be captured on film"? Is the above bold phrase correct? Can I use a superlative adjective as a noun? Or I have to rewrite "...
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a most talented writer - why not “the most talented writer”?

Example: Just because he does not say very much is no reason to sell him short. Actually, he's a profound thinker and a most talented writer. People tend to underestimate him and not give him the ...
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My leg got most tired

I came across the following sentence in an exercise book for non-native students of English. I am not sure if the structure of the main clause is correct or at least common in English. If not, is ...
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He is making the problem worst/worse

Is this correct? He is making the problem worst. I have a feeling that it is wrong and worst should be worse but I couldn't explain why it is wrong. So to confirm, is worst in the example ...
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Smarter vs Smartest when referring to twins?

In the case of "Spencer was the smartest of the twins" is it appropriate to write smartest or would it be better to use smarter instead as there are only two. Thanks in advance!