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    Default Gladdest & Happiest.

    Hi!
    That was one of the ................... days of my life.
    A. gladdest
    B. happiest
    The key is B but I am wondering why A isn't chosen, please.

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    Default Re: Gladdest & Happiest.

    "Glad" has no comparative.

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    Default Re: Gladdest & Happiest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    "Glad" has no comparative.
    "Gladdest" is the superlative form of "glad", not the comparative form. I believe "glad" has both forms, even if they're quite rare.

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    Default Re: Gladdest & Happiest.

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    "Gladdest" is the superlative form of "glad", not the comparative form. I believe "glad" has both forms, even if they're quite rare.
    Sorry, I wasn't paying attention .

    So you're saying that there is a comparative form of "glad"? I haven't done a lot of research, I just quickly consulted Longman, and it says that there is no comparative, see glad - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online.

    The reason "gladdest" is incorrect, is probably because you cannot place it before a noun. See first definition of the link above. According to Longman, you cannot place it before a noun. That would be my guess.

    Edit: Other sources indicate that there is a comparative form of "glad", see http://www.thefreedictionary.com/gladdest. Strange.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 28-Jul-2012 at 23:35. Reason: Added "edit"

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    Default Re: Gladdest & Happiest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    The reason "gladdest" is incorrect, is probably because you cannot place it before a noun. See first definition of the link above. According to Longman, you cannot place it before a noun. That would be my guess.
    But
    - glad news/tidings. (OALD)

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    Default Re: Gladdest & Happiest.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    But - glad news/tidings. (OALD)
    The OALD adds a note before these two expressions: (old-fashioned) bringing joy; full of joy: glad news/tidings
    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: Gladdest & Happiest.

    I have just found this sentence.
    - Earth's saddest day and gladdest day were 3 days apart.

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    Default Re: Gladdest & Happiest.

    "I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights . . . "

    Sullivan Ballou to "My very dear Sarah"

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    Default Re: Gladdest & Happiest.

    Finding single/unusual examples only proves the possible existence of a form; you need to find a lot to prove that something is in common usage. Gladdest exists, but it is just not the word that collocates in the example. It's a case of collocation:

    ANC:
    Gladdest day- 0
    Gladdest days- 1

    Happiest day- 98
    Happiest days- 48

    BNC:
    Gladdest day- 0
    Gladdest days- 0

    Happiest day- 13
    Happiest days- 14

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