Questions tagged [superlatives]

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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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"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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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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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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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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most/most of/ the most of

Are all of the following sentences correct? Is there any difference in their meaning? Most birds can fly. The most of birds can fly. Most of birds can fly.
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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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"Most" "best" with or without "the"

Is it wrong to say that we can use or omit "the" before "best" with an adverb without any change of meaning, but when we use "most" with an adverb, the meaning of the ...
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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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Superlative adjectives and adverbs

Is it wrong to omit "the" in my sentence because the adjective is followed by a noun? This is the smartest student in my class.
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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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“Newest” vs. “Latest”

In a case like “latest video” or “newest video”, which one is right? I have seen “newest” used on stackoverflow.com: According to the online dictionaries I checked, “latest” = “most recent” and “...
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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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superlative without "the" [duplicate]

Is my use of the superlative in the following sentence correct? People in Germany don't care whether there are Jews, Muslims, Christians, followers of other religions or atheists in a store. They ...
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Is the word "thing" necessary in the following sentence?

Example: I couldn't find any information about lemmings. Seemed like it wasn't a very popular topic. The closest (thing) I could find was a news article about them.
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The definite article before superlative degree [duplicate]

What are the special cases when we can't use "the" before superlative degree? I'd like the answers with proper explanations. Some of the examples: He is most likely to succeed. It is fairest of all ...
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The difference between the superlative with "the" and without "the" [duplicate]

My house is the tallest in my town. My house is tallest in my town. Are these two sentences the same or different in meaning?
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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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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" ...