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Hi

I found this sentence at flo-joe: "... in a way that they feel most comfortable in.".
I'm wondering, whether there should be "the" before "most comfortable" or not.

Thanks in advance.
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To complicate things even more I'll quote Michael Swan (the author of Practical English Usage, Oxford University Press). Here's what he has to say on the subject.

The is not used with superlatives in predicative position or with superlative adverbs, when we compare the same person or thing in different situations.

Compare:

He's nicest when he's had a few drinks. (NOT He's the nicest...)
Hi, Ivanhr,

The is not used with superlatives in predicative position or with superlative adverbs, when we compare the same person or thing in different situations. (M.S.)

This is a little bit stark - or at least hard to swallow without a few more examples to wash it down.
IvanhrCompare:
He's nicest when he's had a few drinks. (NOT He's the nicest...)
I assume this one example is not intended to illustrate the full compass of the Swan sentence.

Personally, I would follow this example in polite company, but in relaxed, casual conversation (when I'm nicest), I might allow the "the" to slip in. Emotion: happy

If you found examples in my posts which are not in line with Mr. Swan's prescriptions, please tell me.

Best regards, - A.

Edit. Okay, I guess my original reply to Hardell's original post is in violation:
(I've removed some of the instructions.)
HardellTheir argument is based on research that claims workers are far more productive when they have the freedom to dress in a way that they feel most comfortable in.
I said a "the" was optional before the "most." Swan would say it's not.

(My excuse is that I was distracted by what I thought were other errors toward the end of the sentence. Emotion: embarrassed
In truth, I was of the opinion that it would not be incorrect to add a "the.")
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Avangi If you found examples in my posts which are not in line with Mr. Swan's prescriptions, please tell me.Best regards, - A.

Hi Avangi,

It's hard to say. In addition to the example I gave in my previous post (Swan's example that is) he did give a couple more examples.

I've got a lot of friends but he's (the) nicest. (optional)

She works hardest when she's doing something for her family. (not optional)
Thanks, Ivanhr. I'm comfortable with these! Emotion: nodding