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This question is an exact duplicate of:

Is there a difference between these two sentences? Are they the same?

  1. What color do you like the best?
  2. What color do you like best?

Is there a difference in their meaning?

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  • None I think, the former seems more formal though – Darshan Chaudhary Jul 20 '16 at 6:02
  • I'm looking forward to more answers. – Persique Jul 20 '16 at 11:49
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Some say that the usage of "the best" is ambiguous but has come to be accepted now. Technically, both are the same, with the usage of "the" sounding more informal and the lack of it being less grammatical(but not incorrect) in nature. Here is the article I referred to: https://jakubmarian.com/like-more-vs-like-better-like-the-most-vs-like-most-like-the-best-vs-like-best/

  • Thank you. I also found this in a forum: Of the all the sports, I like American football the most – In this context, you are making a a selection among many choice. One thing I like most about John is his honesty – In this context, you are particularly stating what you like. englishforums.com/English/IMostBestBestMost/cgzwr/post.htm – Persique Jul 20 '16 at 6:16
  • What do you think about the above-mentioned point? – Persique Jul 20 '16 at 6:27

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