In informal spoken English, e.g Which of these two mobile phones do you think is the best?
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Joseph and Mathew are the best friends.
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Thanks for your help.
Last edited by Winwin2011; 30-Sep-2013 at 16:45.
You can say "Joseph and Matthew are best friends" or "Joseph and Matthew are the best of friends".
Best friends are very important people in your life, especially when you are young. Most people have only one, or at most two or three 'best friends'. If two people are the best of friends, the relationship is less intense and less exclusive, in my opinion. It suggests to me that they get on very well, have a very friendly relationship, but that's all. I might say that my ex- and I are the best of friends, indeed that her husband and I are the best of friends. I wouldn't say that we were best friends.
Agreed. I should have said that I wasn't suggesting they mean the same thing, just that both constructions are possible.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.