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    Thanks for your last help. Well, after studying, I have the following questions:

    a) "It's best to begin reading with a fresh mind" - I saw this setence in an Advanced book and I was wondering why they didn't use "better" instead of best. Could you help me?

    b) Last time I wrote to you, you explained sth about vacationxholiday. But I still don't understand when the preposition "in the holidays" will be used. Help me please...

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    Re: Grammar

    If you have the word 'the', use 'in'.

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    Re: Grammar

    (a) 'Best' because there are conceivably more than two choices-- fresh mind, tired mind, antagonistic mind, etc. That's the grammatical explanation. Pragmatically, the speaker wishes to stress that he has the best of all possible answers.

    (b) I missed your first discussion, so I don't know its upshot. In AmE 'in (the) holidays' sounds unnatural, and I would say 'during/over the holiday(s)'.

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