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    Which of the two students is best?

    It is not wrong to say "Which of the two students is the best." Is this correct? I was taught that I should use 'better'.

    I am sorry to say that it should be a simple question but the above advice baffles me.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Which of the two students is best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    It is not wrong to say "Which of the two students is the best." Is this correct? I was taught that I should use 'better'.

    I am sorry to say that it should be a simple question but the above advice baffles me.

    Thanks.
    Yes, some people will tell you that you shouldn't use the superlative form when talking about only two things, eg:
    "Which of the brothers is the elder?"
    "Which of the two is better?"
    "Which of the two girls is [the] prettier?"
    ...
    But few people bother with this rule these days.

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