"2020 is said to be a darkest year"

I learned in my book that the superlative with most is sometimes used when there's no idea of comparison but to show the existence of a quality of a very high degree. I read in one of the posts here that the is omitted before it is used in this way and the article a is place instead.

Is sentence my correct?

Forgive me if I made any grammatical mistakes.

  • Your text "2020 is said to be a darkest year" isn't something a native speaker would ever be likely to say. I think what you read about is the usage whereby we say things like John is a most charming fellow, You are most kind!, This is most inconvenient. Where most doesn't exactly mean of the highest degree - it's really just a rather dated/formal alternative to very. But note that although we can use the indefinite article in my first example, we don't have to. There's nothing wrong with John is the most charming fellow! Jun 17, 2020 at 11:28
  • It should the darkest year, one of the darkest years, a dark year, or a darker year. You can refer to a collective of things as being darker than anything else outside the collective, but you can't have multiple individual things that are each darker than the others. (A can't be darker than B at the same time that B is darker than A.) Jun 17, 2020 at 13:05


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