# The Correct Usage Of 'Most'.....

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### Sue is a smart girl. She can solve the most difficult math problems in my class.Sue is a smart girl. She can solve most difficult math problems in my class.

Please to tell me if the 2 sentences above are correct or not? Is OK to add or delete "the" in front of "most difficult math problems"? Thanks for you help!

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### Sue is a smart girl. She can solve the most difficult math problems in my class.Sue is a smart girl. She can solve most difficult math problems in my class.

Please to tell me if the 2 sentences above are correct or not? Yes, but they have different meanings.

"most difficult math problems" = The majority of difficult math problems. Let's say there are 100 difficult math problems. Sue can solve the majority of them, ie 51 or more. 'Most' here is a determiner.

"the most difficult math problems" Let's say there are 100 difficult math problems. 10 of them are much more difficult then the others. Sue can solve those 10. 'The most + adjective (difficult)' here makes a superlative.

Best wishes, Clive