I'm about to write a tongue-lash for someone who let me down quite badly and I want to be grammatically correct. So, how should I say this:

"I was least expecting this kind of cynical criticism from you..."


"I least expected this kind of cynical criticism from you..."

Other suggestions are also welcome. Thank you for your help in advance!

  • Neither is strictly wrong and that's not what this forum is for. If you need to, why not run your tongue-lash past a spelling or grammar checker? Oct 10, 2017 at 23:50

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You could use either, but the first one has more of an implication that your opinion of the person has changed - in other words, you had previously least expected it from them, but that's no longer the case: now you would expect it from them.

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