Questions tagged [superlatives]

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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 ...
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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!
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most interesting or the most interesting

a. Most interesting was what we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris. b. What was most interesting was what we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris. c. What we saw on the fifth day of our ...
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a confusion in a sentence between the superlative and comparative form

I have a confusion; Do we say "one of the largest players" or "one of the larger players"?
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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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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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“More” and “most” with some adjectives

I rarely come upon adjectives being used strangely in comparative constructions. Take the adjective "silent", sometimes I hear "more silent" and "most silent" although it isn't logical in any sense. ...
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Can strong adjectives have comparative and superlative?

I learnt that strong adjectives are "ungradable" so for example the adjective enormous can't be used with intensifiers such as very, slightly, a little, a bit, extremely, terribly, etc. So I wonder if ...
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A superlative form of right

Is it possible to derive a superlative form of right (meaning the opposite of left) - the rightest?
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How To Correct: “My father likes playing gold best of all.”

This is from an ESL study book, and I'm supposed to correct its grammar. "My father likes playing gold best of all." The answer in the back suggests: "My father likes playing gold best." My ...
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Most/Second most + after

Russia is the most powerful country after the US. Or Russia is the second most powerful country after the US. Question: Which one of the above should I use to convey that Russia is ...
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Positive, comparative, superlative and… is there a fourth?

I'm wondering whether English has something beyond its superlative degree. In my language we call that "túlzófok", it literally translates to "exaggerative degree." I'm wondering because I often hear ...
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What does 'very' mean in this sentence and why do we need it? [closed]

Here is the sentence: The brothers, Primo and Secondo, want to serve the very best Italian cooking. My question is what means very in this sentence? Why do we need the determiner very in this ...
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The Use of superlatives at the end of the phrase

I have heard this phrase below from a native speaker "Italians appreciate Team sports the most." Is it correct? Why "the most" was put at the end of the sentence?
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“better” vs “best”

Given the following sentences: It is better to stay here. It is best to stay here. Are both sentences correct? If yes, is there any difference of meaning between them? I've always been taught the ...
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“The largest crime” or “The biggest crime”

English is not my first language, so sorry about my grammar. My question is which phrase is more proper? Theft is the largest crime in America. or Theft is the biggest crime in America....
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Is it possible to say “my most illegal software yet”?

Is saying My heart pounded as I clicked the “build application” button, not realizing that I had created my most illegal software yet... a grammatically correct sentence? I'm having doubts about ...
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In all of Southeast Asia“ or ”In Southeast Asia"

I found a sentence from a book "Travel in Singapore": Jurong Birdpark is the largest Bird Park in all of Southeast Asia. Can I put the phrase "In all of southeast asia" at the beginning of ...
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“plural” + are/were + “one” of the best +

Example: Honda and Toyota are one the best selling cars in the US. Is the use of "one" correct in the above sentence since the subject is plural (Honda and Toyota)? I realize i could put "two" or "...
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Is “the most *noun*s” correct?

Example sentences: I want the crate that contains the highest number of apples. I want the crate that contains the most apples. Is sentence 2 correct and with the same meaning as 1? If not, is there ...
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Do monosyllabic past participles used as adjectives follow the comparative and superlative rules about adding -er/-est suffixes?

This question showed up in my Writing part of F.C.E. test when I wrote TV is the most bought electric household appliance In that moment, I wondered whether boughtest is the correct form instead ...
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Which is correct “The most tragic” or “the tragicest”?

How should I say, "The most tragic" or "the tragicest"? According to the rule, the second one is more preferable, but I have seen the first one as well as the second. So, is there any difference?
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Using “the best of” with uncountable and countable nouns

Is it correct to write: "It is not the best of quality" when referring to, for instance, the quality of a video? (Quality being an uncountable noun) Can one use "of" in this sentence? (As in "the ...
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“The most rude” or “the rudest”?

Rude comparative ruder superlative rudest But the most rude is applied in the following title: The Most Rude, ill-Mannered, and Humiliating Plays in NBA History! Can we use both forms for any ...