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Sir,

The Word "best" is superlative degree of the word "good".

We can say------ "Ram is the best boy in the class."

But some where I have read that "the best" is a noun.

Can you explain me with a sentence, how "the best" works as a noun.

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We are the best of friends.

I am not able to understand the meaning of this sentence please explain it.
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Hi hanuman,

Best as a noun.

Best is a noun when it is something.


n.
1) One that surpasses all others.
2) The best part, moment, or value: The best is still to come. Let's get the best out of life.
3) The optimum condition or quality: look your best. She was at her best in the freestyle competition.
4) One's nicest or most formal clothing.
5) The supreme effort one can make: doing our best.
6) One's warmest wishes or regards: Give them my best.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.



We are the best of friends. I interpet that as an idiom to mean that we are very close friends. We are the warmest or best of friends.

Hope that helps.

MountainHiker
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"We are the best of friends" = "We are extremely good friends."

"the best of [plural]" is an idiom of limited use; it's related to personal relationships.
"the best of friends", "the best of buddies", "the best of neighbors".

There are other uses of "best" as a noun. Here's just one.

He did his best to finish the job. = He did the best he could to finish the job.
= He tried as hard as he could to finish the job. = He could not have done anything better in finishing the job.

A dictionary would help you with all the other possibilities.

Emotion: geeked