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These are sentences that I saw in a grammar book, called the Oxford guide to English Grammar:
- "I find these pills work best."
- "We ran slowest in the race."
Why doesn't sentence one they say "…work the best…"? Again, the definite article was dropped. Why does sentence two not say "…the slowest…"?
Also, this sentence is quoted from a paragraph in The Official Cambridge Guide to IELT: "They contributed the least at only 17%." Why did they use the here, unlike the other two sentences?