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The form of an adjective or adverb ending with "-est" or "most".

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Is the expression “the biggest such business” grammatically correct?

I have found the expression “the biggest such business” in the second sentence in The Economist. It has also made it easier for people to find the ingredients, kit and talent necessary to cook ...
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Is it correct to say second maximum?

I've seen, "second largest" being used more often. Is there any special reason that, "second maximum", is not a correct thing expression? For example, if I have an array of numbers: 1,2,3, is it ...
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farthest vs. the farthest from the Sun

My native friend says 'Neptune is the planet farthest from the Sun.' is right while 'Neptune is the planet the farthest from the Sun.' is not right. Although more than 5 native Americans - some of ...
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the + superlative adverbs

The rule I once wrote in my documents from the internet: The article is omitted when comparison is between different levels of performance/execution by the same person or thing: He runs ...
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Use of definite article before superlative adverbs [duplicate]

What is the rule regarding the use of definite article (the) before superlative adverbs? Is it mandatory, optional, or not required at all to use the before superlative adverbs?
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There is no question that you will not misunderstand this sentence

The MacMillan Dictionary has the following definition for the phrase 'there is no question that': used for saying that something is definitely true It gives the example: There is no question ...
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Superlative, present perfect vs past perfect

In the following context, can I have present perfect, or do I need to use past perfect? It was the worst food I've ever eaten / I had ever eaten. Thank you :)
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What does the phrase “it has been” mean in the sentence?

I came across a headline on a website yesterday, saying: "Razer Huntsman Elite is the cheapest it has been in the UK, at £158." I think I can roughly understand the sentence (Razer Huntsman Elite ...
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Do -ist words (e.g. racist) have superlative or comparative forms?

Do -ist words (e.g. racist, sexist, etc.) have superlative or comparative forms?
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Superlative or not?

In the sentence In the time of full-blown financial crisis in the country's history the contingency measures undertaken by the bank's shareholders and the management proved insufficient. does ...
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Can we say “ the most similar passages”?

A comparison of the most similar passages from this tradition could shed light, I hope, on the interpretation of the first Palladan monosyllabic substantive.
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Superlatives - “in all” vs. “of all”

Example sentence: "He ran the fastest (of all) the anchors." - my coworker (an ESL teacher) wants to know specifically why we can't say "He ran the fastest (in all) the anchors". I feel like it may ...
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“least riskiest” vs “safest” - double superlative or single is better? [duplicate]

Is "least riskiest" stylistically correct? Can it be considered a double superlative? Would "safest" be a better choice?
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Is 'most ugly' a correct term? [duplicate]

My friend recently said "My parents got me the most ugly Sherry glasses I've ever seen". He is a native English speaker and said that 'most ugly' in this context is correct even though I've always ...
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The most / most

He's most approachable first thing in the morning. I don't understand why I must use "most" and I can't use "The most". I have a little knowledge that "most" is an adverb which amplifies an ...
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Comparative or superlative adjective?

I think it is best not to be impolite. Is the above sentence fine, or should it have better instead of best in it?
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is ‘fine’ in the sense ‘of very good quality’ gradable? [closed]

Fine in the sense of very good quality seems to be an absolute adjective, and since absolute adjectives are not gradable, so I am wondering if this principle applies to fine in the sense ‘of very good ...
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Why isn't the definite article used before “closest” in “Who are you closest to”?

Why is there no definite article before "closest" in the question "Who are you closest to in your family?" My only assumption is that "to be close to someone" is a set phrase and it is used without an ...
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The most opposite word of “the largest”

When we compare numbers of people, we can use the phrases: "The highest/lowest number of people was" "The biggest/smallest number of people was" "The most/least people were" That the word "lowest" ...
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The largest, greatest, highest or biggest number of . .

I'm not a native speaker, and my teacher taught me to use "the biggest number of . . ." when comparing amounts of some things, but I've checked it in google which seems like "the largest, the greatest,...
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Comparatives and superlatives for the word “statistic”

Let's say, there was a bar chart giving 2 different pieces of data for 3 groups. - Monkeys was the ______________ statistic. If you needed to complete the sentence above with a superlative ...
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Is it correct to say “my oldest child” when you have only two children?

I remember "oldest" child is more correctly used when you have more than two children - e.g. my older child (assumption that there are only two children); my oldest child (assumption that there are at ...
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How do I ask “who has done the most number of things” properly

Sorry if the title is confusing. Basically I want to ask people "who has done a certain thing for the most number/times" but I don't know to properly construct the sentence. Please help me.
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singular noun-verb agreement with superlative adjective

Is the noun-verb following sentence correct?: "Most metaphysics has been determined by it." I thought that with the superlative adjective 'most', the subject is made plural; but can it also be ...
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Usage of “elder” and “eldest” in degrees of comparison

If one has two elder brothers, is it OK to say "My eldest brother is this and the second eldest is that"?
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The use of superlative as in “the poorest half”

I saw the phrase "poorest half of the population." Is superlative always used with "half"? Is "poorer half" okay? Do you also say the "richest half"?
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superlative + relative clause

An earlier question (Relative clauses: “I did the best I could.”) asks about the antecedent of the relative clause, and there are two answers there: The one (by @Man_From_India) accepted as the best ...
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the most vs. most

This earlier question asks about the omissibility of 'the' before 'most' in this example: (The) most tuna are caught in early November. The only answer there (by David Schwartz) that has received ...
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adjectives ,adverbs, superlatives [duplicate]

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 "…...
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“Most” as an intensifier, not as a superlative

Sometimes “most” is used as an intensifier rather than a superlative: “Lucy expressed herself most eloquently.” “The employees work most efficiently.” There are other degree adverbs that do ...
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One or anyone in superlatives?

In sentences with a superlative, which indefinite pronoun is more accurate: one or anyone? I'm referring to sentences such as: "It was the biggest cake one had ever seen." "It was the biggest cake ...
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Why is it sometimes 'most' and sometimes '-est'? [duplicate]

There are various rules about whether an adjective takes '-er/-est' or 'more/most', but they're based on syllable count and don't give an etymological rationale. Does anyone know? Is it based on ...
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When I needed you most vs When I needed you the most

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 ...
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Why can't I use “easierly” instead of “in an easier manner” or “more easily”?

Can you please explain why it is incorrect English?
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Is “the ugliest” a noun or an adjective?

In this sentence, is ugliest an adjective or a noun? He is the ugliest.
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Is “my hardest” a direct object in “I will try my hardest”?

I will try my hardest. I am confusing myself by trying to figure out the grammatical relations in this sentence. It is not clear to me whether my hardest is a direct object here. If it is not, what ...
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Using “What” or “Which” with superlatives [duplicate]

Is "Which is the longest river in the world?" correct OR "What is the longest river in the world?" OR are both of these correct? Please explain with reasons. Thanks!
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Superlative of a future action

I am writing a scientific document and I need to talk about a device that has not yet been built, but when it is, it will be the most powerful of its kind. So, how do I refer to it? My current ...
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Does “one of the [superlative adjective]” need to be followed by a noun?

Luis is one of the tallest in his class. In this sentence, after tallest, should we use a noun or not?
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Usage of superlative in the context of more than one item [duplicate]

Can we use superlative when we are talking about 2 or more items? I'm not quite sure about that since the rule says: "Superlative adjectives are used to describe an object which is at the upper or ...
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Can we use the superlative form adjective and another adjective at the same time?

I would like to ask about the usage of adjective. Simply, is it OK to put another adjective with noun which has already had the superlative formed adjective. For example, to make "the most beautiful ...
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What is the proper superlative of “bitter”?

What is the proper superlative of bitter? Is it most bitter or bitterest? I am assuming that either of these is the correct answer and I cannot recall hearing one more often than the other, and ...
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Is “those who came in greatest numbers” grammatical?

I am studying English and I have a question. I found it in my text book written by some teacher who is not a native speaker. "Those who came first and in greatest numbers to make their homes on the ...
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Superlative: Correct way to use mix “most” and “-est” adjectives/adverbs?

To create a superlative, when multiple adjectives/adverbs are preceded by most*, but the latter adjective/adverbs should normally be written with the -est suffix, which one of the two following forms ...
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What happened to the superlative? [closed]

For some time now I'm hearing more and more people saying "that's one of the more interesting things I've seen", "that's one of his better dishes", etc. Even when talking about something very close ...
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Comparative of 'smart' where more than one adjective is involved

Related link: My answer to One answer to a Q. is suited to ELL, but the other answer is suited to EL&U on ELU Meta. In the course of an argument, Rathony said the following: I would answer, ...
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Why do superlative adverbs sometimes use 'the'?

"He ran the fastest." 'the fastest' is an adverb here, not a noun, so why does it use the definite article 'the'? We could say "He ran fastest", and that works fine too. If we say "He is the fastest ...
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Why “respect you most” instead of “respect you more” in the following quote by Samuel Johnson?

"Go into the street and give one man a lecture on morality and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most." British Literature 1640-1789 I can't figure out why Johnson used "most" ...
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Good, Better, Best vs. High Higher Highest [duplicate]

The comparison in question isn't so much about Higher/Highest specifically, but why do we start with Good and not go to Gooder, Goodest? Edit: I was flagged a duplicate despite previous searching. I ...
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Relative clauses: “I did the best I could.”

I did the best I could. The sentence above can be rephrased: I did the best that I could. In these two examples (that) I could is a relative clause. However, I am not sure whether it is modifying ...