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I'm the greatest.

Can we drop the difinite article in the above sentence?

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No, definitely not.
In colloquial spoken English, kids often drop it.
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1. I'm the greatest.

2. Which of the boys is the strongest?

3. This dictionary is the best.

Can we drop the difinite article in the above sentences?

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1. I'm the greatest.

2. Which of the boys is the strongest?

3. This dictionary is the best.

Can we drop the difinite article in the above sentences?

Thank you very much for your reply.

No Teo, you can't drop it, since it ispart of the rule which tells you how to create a superlative...
It sounds a bit abrupt in the first sentence, but I can easily imagine the other two sentences being used without the definite article without causing any commotion.

CJ
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For me, "the" is needed for all three in the current state. If the sentence were to continue with a trait, it is technically OK. However, to my ear "the" is still needed.

For example...

#1 - I am greatest at guessing people's ages. (Sounds arrogant though with all due respect to M. Ali.)
#2 - Which of the boys is strongest at swimming?
#3 - This disctionary is best at suppling diagrams of difficult words.

Hope that helps - Kristi
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I agree with CJ.

In BrE at least, it's perfectly acceptable to omit "the" when the superlative is predicative, e.g.

1. Which is (the) easiest?

2. I like this one. And I like this one too. But this one's (the) best.

3. A is convincing. And B is quite sensible. But C seems most likely.

Though I'm sorry to have to disagree with those chaps on those other forums.

MrP
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