The form of an adjective or adverb ending with "-est" or "most".

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I wonder whether it is the relative pronoun

Truth be told, I never graduated from college, and this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. In this clip from Steve job's speech in Standford school, I wonder what is the ...
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How can something be “fuller” or the “fullest”?

Consider the definition for full (Source): full [foo l] adjective, fuller, fullest. completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup. ...
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Can something be “blacker” than something else? How common are single-word comparatives and superlatives for color-designating adjectives?

Merriam-Webster implies that the comparative and superlative for black are blacker and blackest. However, my native British colleague says he would never used blacker, only more black. How common is ...
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What is the term for comparatives that cannot be formed with -er and -est?

Is there a term to describe the case where using "-er" and "-est" is incorrect to form a comparative because it is formed by using "more" or "most"? For example: more difficult instead of ...
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Using “a” with a superlative adjective

The Wikipedia article for Drum Machine contains the phrase an earliest fully transistorized rhythm machine Is this grammatically correct? Is it any different from the phrase an early, fully ...
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Negative Comparatives & Superlatives

An Adjective can, in general, be converted to Comparative (-er) & Superlative (-est) ; for example : good better best happy happier happiest Now Superlative means "Highest in quality", ...
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Can I say “more funny” or “most funny” instead of “funnier” or “funniest”?

Could you please provide a reference to your answer whatever it is? I know that "funnier" and "funniest" are more correct, but I want to know whether the less common versions are considered errors or ...
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as best I can vs as well as I can [duplicate]

I have to say I have an issue with the phrase "as best I can". After all, "best" is the superlative form of "well" and does not belong in the comparative construction "as... as" - not to mention that ...
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It was the freshest movie for a long time [closed]

In a listening of my English course book there is this sentence: "It was the freshest movie for a long time". A film critic is talking about the best movies in the last ten years. For example: For me ...
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Correct use of the superlative degree [closed]

Kindly tell me whether I used the superlative degree correctly in these two sentences: He enjoyed all the sweetest and         most charming scenery. He enjoyed all the sweetest and the most ...
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Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar? [closed]

I've often stumbled across phrases like these (perhaps not the last one) and felt that they sounded a bit awkward: Nothing can best the sheer capacity of […] X would best Y any day. I ...
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“A foremost” correct usage of this superlative? [closed]

Among the antiquities of a great nation, its tombs always hold a foremost place. Since foremost means "first in rank," how can something have a foremost place, and not the foremost place?
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Which is more proper “rarest” or “most rare”?

In the following usage, which is the correct form for the superlative of the adjective "rare"? "the rarest on Earth" or "the most rare on Earth"?
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Can you use “of yours” for a noun that has a superlative adjective? [closed]

I have a question about the usage of the pronoun "those" with the pronoun "of yours" like in this sentence: The only one who knows "those" worst secrets of yours is me. I know that if I used ...
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Can I use indefinite article with superlative adjectives?

In most russian grammar books there is a rule saying that definite article must be used with superlative adjectives. However from time to time I see people using indefinite article. For example, a ...
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When to use more or -er [duplicate]

Is there a rule as to when I use "more" in a sentence or "-er"? For example, "I think it would be more fun/funner if we stayed home tonight." I know the correct usage in this sentence but is there a ...
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Comparative and Superlative for little?

What is the comparative and superlative for little?
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“Which do you like best?” or “Which do you like most?”

Is there any difference in usage between these two sentences? Which do you like best? Which do you like most? I've read there is a slight difference in usage - a subtlety - and ...
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Can you have more than one 'best' of something?

For example, can you say 'I have more than one best friend' and is that grammatically correct given that these friends are equally good?
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word order in superlatives: “She booked the earliest flight to London she could.” or “She booked the earliest flight she could to London.”?

What is the correct (Ooops, I'm afraid it's me again! rule-o-cratic French speaker), preferred, then, word order in a superlative? "She booked the earliest flight she could back to London." or "She ...
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What is wrong with mixing “taller” and “tallest” like this?

Although the towers appear identical, the west tower is the tallest, standing 16 feet taller than the east tower. What might be wrong? Does it have to do with comparative and superlative degrees? ...
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“Greater Good”: Why the comparative?

I’ve often heard the expression Greater Good and have always come across the very same question about it: why the comparative form instead of the superlative form?
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The [insert superlative]

I am working on diagramming sentences and I notice many have "the" plus a superlative; as, "He is the funniest," or "Which trots the fastest?" Why is "the" attached to these superlatives? What ...
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Comparative or superlative to describe a quality of a member of a set of two things?

For example, 'he's the bigger of the two guards' or 'he's the biggest of the two guards'? The comparative indicates that something is bigger/more difficult than another member. If there's only two ...
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'the cleanest' vs 'cleanest': article-containing adverb phrases?

We have two phrases structures: 'the nicest in my school' 'the cleanest in my house' These phrases can act as nouns or adverbs: 'He is the nicest in my school.' - noun phrase. 'She cleaned the ...
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Is “Be as + adj. + as sb. have ever been” superlative?

e.g.: Elsa and Anna are as close as they have ever been. Does it mean that they are as close as they used to be, or, they are closer than ever? What about: Elsa and Anna are as closest as they have ...
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What is the superlative of long-term?

I was writing my history essay earlier today on the effects of the First World War and in my conclusion I was comparing the four causes I had discussed in the essay. I then was half-way through my ...
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“In” vs. “of” after the superlative form of adjectives

Hanna's the youngest member of the team. Why isn't it "in the team"? The rule that we covered in out textbook New Total English pre-intermediate says that we use in with groups of people and ...
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Which is right, “worst nightmare” or “best nightmare”?

When we refer to the most negative dream, we say it as worst nightmare. Since that nightmare is negative, does that mean that the meaning of the worst nightmare is the least negative of all ...
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“the very best” vs. “by far the best” vs. “much the best”

What does the following sentence exactly mean? He is the very best student in our class. Is it any different in meaning from the following? He is by far the best student in our class. ...
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What is a better antonym pair than “upmost” vs. “deepest” for blood vessels?

I’m thinking about the opposite ends of a blood vessel, so perhaps the “upmost” blood vessels and “deepest” blood vessels. My problem is that I like neither word quoted in the previous sentence. ...
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Comparative or superlative use of the word “far”

Which sentence is correct? The quarterback threw the ball farthest than anyone else on the team. The quarterback threw the ball farther than anyone else on the team. The quarterback threw the ball ...
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Which is correct - “most quiet” or “quietest”?

A friend of mine saw a gun at the store that was labeled as the "most quiet gun". Is this correct English or is it more correct to say, the "quietest gun"?
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How is appropriate to say “one of the biggest/best” etc? [closed]

The superlative forms imply that they are the ONLY ones. For instance, if we say, that John is the best football player. We mean, he's the best. So, how is it appropriate to say, "one of the best", ...
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What is the comparative form of the adverb “nicely”?

The adjective nice can be inflected: nicer, nicest. Can the derived adverb nicely be inflected as well, or does it only have the absolute form?
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“Which stage is most desirable?” or “Which stage is the most desirable?”

Which sentence is correct? Should I put "the" before "most"?
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“My latest five novels” or “my five latest novels”?

Is it okay to say "my latest five novels" when I want to express "five of my latest novels"? As far as I know, "five" is a postdeterminer, so it precedes an adjective (except for ...
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What are the comparative and superlative forms of 'lively'?

My teacher taught me that to form the comparative and superlative degrees of a mono- or di- or tri-syllabic word, I should add 'more' and 'most', e.g.: lively -more lively-most lively I know ...
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Is “emptiest” a logically correct term?

There are some adjectives that are logical binaries, e.g. empty — either the noun is empty or it isn't. Can we apply a superlative degree to such adjectives? E.g. This is the emptiest these ...
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Is it Sparsest or Most Sparse?

Is the superlative of the adjective sparse, sparsest or most sparse? Can both be used? If not, then which one is correct?
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Superlative and definite article “the”

I have seen similar questions like this here on ELU. However, I am still confused with my particular question. (a) She gets up latest in her family. (b) She gets up the latest in her family. ...
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Appropriate use of “littlest”

I recently had a debate with a friend about whether "littlest" was a word. I took the stance that it was not. I find now that basically every time I make such a claim these days someone can hold up ...
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“Is there a best X?” — why “a” if it's the superlative degree?

Which of the following is grammatical? Is there a best school? Is there the best school? I'm sure that the first one is right. But why?
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Most is adjective or adverb, comparative or superlative in the following phrase?

In the following phrase, from the 1971 film "The Devils" by Ken Russell, what is "most"? An adjective or an adverb? And in what form, comparative or superlative? I conjure thee, most frightful ...
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“Least expected” or “least unexpected”

When I was talking to my girlfriend, she mentioned an incident where one of her friends surprised her with a gift. She said something like that least unexpected ... after which we got into a debate ...
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Can a preposition have the form of superlative?

They had almost reached the door when a voice spoke from the chair nearest them, "I can't believe you're going to do this.” I guess nearest is at the place of preposition. Can a preposition ...
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Is ‘that’ the short form of ‘of all that’?

Given the sentence: It was lucky that Harry had tea with Hagrid to look forward to, because the Potions lesson turned out to be the worst thing that had happened to him so far. The relative ...
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Is “most superior” correct?

I am reviewing an article, and the author uses the phrase ... this algorithm achieves the most superior fairness ... Initially I thought the phrase is not correct, just like saying that ...
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much and more comparative superlative

I know that much is used with uncountable nouns and more with countable nouns. There is no connection between much and more with the comparative and superlative, right? For example, if we take the ...
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The usage of “the” with “least”

The main issue here is how to sort out the usage of "the" with "least". Sometimes it's clear but there are cases when I am not sure whether to use the article "the" or not. Least with verb The ...