Questions tagged [superlatives]

Use this tag for questions about the "-est" or "most ..." forms of adjectives and adverbs.

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Which form of adjective should be used? [duplicate]

In the following sentence which form of the adjective should be used? There were three four rooms in the hotel, the smallest/the smaller of which served as the gym. I think it should be the smallest ...
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… others suggest that lively colors are (the) best because they make people happier [duplicate]

Do we need the 'the' in this sentence? While some have argued that pastels are better because they calm people down, others suggest that lively colors are (the) best because they make people happier. ...
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How to use “most” or “the most” after a verb? [duplicate]

I can't make out which one of these questions is correct: "What impressed him most?" or "what impressed him the most?" If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning and ...
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She looks best or Looks the best in this sentence: “She looks ________ in bright, vibrant colors, like red and pink”?

Do I have to put "the best" in this sentence: "She looks best in bright, vibrant colors, like red and pink." if not so why? This is from the Cambridge dictionary
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Tom is the best tennis player in the club

There was one question in my English exam that made confused me. Instruction: Rewrite this sentence in another way so that it means almost the same as the first one Tom is the best tennis player in ...
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Why not the most dancing person?

I would like to know why we can say you are the most boring person I have ever met but it is incorrect to write you are the most dancing person I have ever met.
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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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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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The decoration of the new office block is more/most pleasing

This sentence is from Edgar Thorpe's Objective English. As I know, we should use the comparative adjective to compare between two entities and superlative adjective to compare among three or more. But ...
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Using superlative or not?

I came across the following sentence in an English book: One of the great unsolved murder mysteries of all time is that of "Jack the Ripper". What difference would it make if the word great ...
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why is the definition of “over plus noun” not true?

Yesterday, we learned about superlative and compression. My teacher of English that adjective like: overprotected overused are not superlative? Why? To complete my qeustion and clarified it I add more ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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“(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 ...