most favorite?

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According to Common English Errors of Chinese Students (by David Bunton), "favorite" cannot be used with "most".
However, a Google advanced search for most favorite shows 2,110,000 results. See [url=http://www.google.com/search?as_q=&num=10&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=most+favorite&as_oq=&as... ]Google RESULT[/url]

Is David Bunton wrong?

Thank you very much for your reply.

Teo

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Hi,

According to Common English Errors of Chinese Students (by David Bunton), favorite cannot be used with most.

However, a Google advanced search for most favorite shows 2,110,000 results.

Is David Bunton wrong?

'Favourite' means preferred above all others, so how can there be two such things?

No, he's not wrong. It's just that there are some very common errors, made not only by Chinese students but by native speakers, too. I imagine that is true in Taiwan, as well. Does everyone in Taiwan speak in perfect Chinese?

Best wishes, Clive
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Teo
According to Common English Errors of Chinese Students (by David Bunton), favorite cannot be used with most.

However, a Google advanced search for most favorite shows 2,110,000 results.

Is David Bunton wrong?

Thank you very much for your reply.

And Google shows 17,700,000 hits for "he ain't". I think I'd trust Mr. Bunton's opinion. I see no harm in using it informally, however.
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Basically "favorite" is a noun to mean a thing/person one prefers above others. It can be used as kind of an adjective but it is an imperfect adjective with some restrictions in usage. For example, you cannot say "This is favorite to me" to mean "This is my favorite". "She is my favorite actress" is semantically like "She is (my favorite)'s actress". So you cannot put periphrastic words such as "more" and "most" between "my" and "favorite".

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semantically like "She is (my favorite)'s actress"
I confess I've lost you there, Paco! Emotion: smile
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My memory-chomping AOL browser (may the curse of Google light upon their "help" desk) has a tab called Favourites.

Some are more favourite than others...

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As far as I know, most favorite is correct. I've been using it and English is my native language.
Σ favorite / more favorite…ranking

nytimes.com=187,000/2=93,500
cnn.com 207,000/13=16,000
Gutenberg.org 85,600/11=7,730
ac.uk 80,100/13=6,162
edu 11,900,000/383=3,110
uk 1,880,000/904=2,080
com 218,000,000/167,000=1,035
gov 948,000/95=998

no interesting?

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Interesting...but can we exclude non-comparative forms, e.g.

1. More favourite moments from your favourite tv sitcoms!

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