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    Hi there!

    Could you please tell me the difference between "Most of" and "Most"?

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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    Quote Originally Posted by Dinhtuong View Post
    Hi there!

    Could you please tell me the difference between "Most of" and "Most"?
    Not without some context, no. Please post some sentences using both of them and we will be able to see where, if at all, you are having difficulties.

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    Could you please tell me the difference between "Most of" and "Most"?

    - Most of American high school students claim they know how to read.

    or:

    - Most American high school students claim they know how to read.

    which sentence is correct? and Why?

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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    Quote Originally Posted by Dinhtuong View Post
    Could you please tell me the difference between "Most of" and "Most"?

    - Most of American high school students claim they know how to read.

    or:

    - Most American high school students claim they know how to read.

    which sentence is correct? and Why?
    Only #2 is correct. Now see if you can work out why.

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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    OP has started a new thread with some example sentences so no need to continue replying on this one. For info.

    Note (from 5jj) I have now merged the threads, so you can continue posting here.)
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-Apr-2012 at 08:37. Reason: Note added.

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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    Dinhtuong, please do not start more than one thread on the same topic.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    I'm not sure, but I think that both sentences are correct and only differ in their, say, intellectual focus. When the speaker/writer uses most of, he or she is considering the original set, students in this case, and is making statement in regard to frequency/quantity in the context of it: most of the students; many of the participants; much of the anticipated; .. etc. On the other hand, most (something) is used when such set or containing context is irrelevant or not important, whatever, and the focus is initially on that quantitve portion of it for whatever qualities the speaker/writer is describing. In that sense, most (something) becomes an idea on its own and the thought of it is not in association with, or as part of, a containing idea or concept(i.e students.)
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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    Quote Originally Posted by screamerer View Post
    I'm not sure, but I think that both sentences are correct and only differ in their, say, intellectual focus.
    Interesting idea, screamerer, but I don't think it's true. A more basic difference can be seen here:

    Most of students claim they know how to read. 'Of' is incorrect.
    Most (of the) students I know claim they know how to read.
    'Of the' is optional.
    Most of American high school students claim they know how to read
    . 'Of' is incorrect
    Most (of the) American high school students I know claim they know how to read.'Of' is optional.
    Most of my friends speak German. '
    Of' is obligatory.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    In general, if you are talking about a large, general group, you should use most.

    If you are talking about a smaller, more specific group, you should use most of.

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    Default Re: Most of & Most

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Interesting idea, screamerer, but I don't think it's true. A more basic difference can be seen here:
    Respect. Although I don't understand what's not true, that they are both correct, or the explanation?

    Anyway, however, I think part of the ruling out of some language constructs, and the designation of them as incorrect or weak, is actually a matter of high unlikliness that the very fine, infrequent sense conveyed by such constructs is descriptive of the thought case,
    and not that they are actually wrong.

    Still, in a formal test, I would just answer the same as you said.

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