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Is it grammatically correct to say "most wild thing I have ever done"?

I know it doesn't sound appropriate but is it grammatically correct?

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  • Why do you think it might not be grammatically correct? Jul 27, 2018 at 8:11
  • Yes, the statement is entirely, 100 percent, correct. Please tell us why you think it doesn't sound appropriate.
    – VTH
    Jul 27, 2018 at 8:30
  • @OliverMason Obviously because the superlative is "wildest" not *"most wild".
    – Kris
    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:00
  • @vth Obviously because the superlative is "wildest" not *"most wild".
    – Kris
    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:00
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    Could have sworn that the question said wildest instead of the most wild. Hmm. Nevertheless, although the most wild thing doesn't sound very natural, it is grammatically correct. In fact, it is regularly used by National Geographic - example: nationalgeographic.com/travel/photography/…
    – VTH
    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:14

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This perhaps sounds inappropriate to you because the most commonly used superlative form of wild is wildest: ‘It was the wildest thing I have ever done.’

This is because to form a superlative from one syllable adjectives you generally add the suffix -est.

You would also add -est to two syllable words that end in 'y' or 'ly': happy becomes happiest and early becomes earliest.

But for many two syllables adjectives the superlative is formed by putting most first: most famous.

The superlative of adjectives with three or more syllables is also formed by putting most first.

It is worth noting there are also some irregular superlatives such as bad becoming worst.

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    Please note that the search will not be very accurate. Most wild google searches produce false positives, as do most wild goose chases. That is because they disregard the context in which the phrase is used. Jul 27, 2018 at 10:25
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    You're right. I will edit my post to remove that citation. 'Most' could also appear next to 'wild' as a determiner rather than an adverb: e.g. 'Most wild game animals are lean.'
    – motrots
    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:24
  • Even the unfriendliest of alleged rules has counterexamples that put the lie to it.
    – tchrist
    Jul 27, 2018 at 13:11
  • I was trying to suggest that these are patterns of usage rather than definitive rules.
    – motrots
    Jul 27, 2018 at 13:27

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