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This question happens to remind of an oldie song by Randy Vanwarmer, but I was wondering if the two are the same in effect or if they can be different, if at all, or if it's just a matter of preference.

I believe I know the basics of how the word "most" is used. And I did as much as research, including corpus searches, as I could. But I'm still not sure. It's confusing to English learners no matter if it matters or not.

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  • To me they're equivalent. Also, I think in today's English the version with the article is more common. Perhaps because the is often used before superlatives. A Google Ngram "favors" the version without the article but its results seem partially skewed due to a popular song title. – Arm the good guys in America May 28 '17 at 16:48
  • Your theory about the possibility of popular songs biasing Google hits is interesting and persuasive to me. Thank you. – Choe Guevara May 28 '17 at 17:16
  • Songs tend not to worry about sense over rhythm or rhyming. You should probably be cautious before learning English from them! – marcellothearcane May 28 '17 at 17:34

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