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    Red face superlaive with using adv.

    Hello,

    Which is more natural for you ?

    He got up the earliest in his family.
    or
    He got up ealiest in his family.

    I think I could say both and I heard it depends on age. Is it true ?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sardine
    Hello,

    Which is more natural for you ?

    He got up the earliest in his family.
    or
    He got up ealiest in his family.

    I think I could say both and I heard it depends on age. Is it true ?

    Thank you.
    Do you want to say he started walking the earliest or he was the first to get up in the morning?????....

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    I could say both, but I would usually not use the definite article there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I could say both, but I would usually not use the definite article there.
    Why not, Tdol? If he was the first one to start walking and you're comparing his ability to walk with other kids in the family, wouldn't you say he started the earliest? I would.

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    I'd choose [1], but that's if I had to choose. [2] sounds odd to me.

    [1] He got up the earliest in his family.
    [2] He got up earliest in his family.

    I wasn't aware that "age" had anything to do with it. More accurately, language change more so than "age" is the reason for the variation. Traditionally, "the" is required with superlatives (i.e., -est).

    Try using the Present Tense; it expresses routine/habit:

    He gets up the earliest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    Why not, Tdol? If he was the first one to start walking and you're comparing his ability to walk with other kids in the family, wouldn't you say he started the earliest? I would.
    Maybe it's a case of dialect variation? To me "got up" doesn't express "the first one to start walking".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Maybe it's a case of dialect variation? To me "got up" doesn't express "the first one to start walking".
    I agree, Cassy, but since he mentioned the age issue I figured he worded it wrongly.

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    Thank you for many responses.

    I just wanted to ask whether I need "the" or not.
    Here is another example.

    ①He swims the fastest of the four.
    or
    ②He swims fastest of the four.

    So, according to their opinions, I could say both. Is it right ?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: superlaive with using adv.

    I was assuming it was getting out of bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sardine
    Thank you for many responses.

    I just wanted to ask whether I need "the" or not.
    Here is another example.

    ①He swims the fastest of the four.
    or
    ②He swims fastest of the four.

    So, according to their opinions, I could say both. Is it right ?

    Thank you.
    the fastest

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