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1. Among Ted, Lily and Linda, Ted studies hardest.

2. Among Ted, Lily and Linda, Ted studies the hardest.

3. Of all the boys, Jim runs fastest.

4. Of all the boys, Jim runs the fastest.

5. The dancer danced best in the show last night.

6. The dancer danced the best in the show last night.

7. Judy cooked worst last night.

8. Judy cooked the worst last night.

Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?
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The superlative of an adverb is correct with and without the. All the sentences are grammatically correct but of course some of them may sound odd or unnatural to some people in the far corners of the world. Also, since there are many opinions about grammatical correctness, no doubt some grammarians' views differ from mine.

CB
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Cool BreezeThe superlative of an adverb is correct with and without the. All the sentences are grammatically correct but of course some of them may sound odd or unnatural to some people in the far corners of the world. Also, since there are many opinions about grammatical correctness, no doubt some grammarians' views differ from mine.

CB

I concur. 'the' is often omitted in speaking; I think I usually use it in writing.
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sitifan1. Among Ted, Lily and Linda, Ted studies hardest.

2. Among Ted, Lily and Linda, Ted studies the hardest.

3. Of all the boys, Jim runs fastest.

4. Of all the boys, Jim runs the fastest.

5. The dancer danced best in the show last night.

6. The dancer danced the best in the show last night.

7. Judy cooked worst last night.

8. Judy's cooked the worst last night. But I would say " Judy's cooking was the worst last night"

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sitifanWhich of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?
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Personally, I rarely use the in those patterns.

CJ