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    adverbs with superlative

    Can far, not by far, modify the superlative?

    (a) by far the greatest poet
    (b) far the greates poet

    (a) is correct, but (b) is incorrect.

    Far is used with comparatives as you know. But is it used with superlatives?


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    Re: adverbs with superlative

    We don't use just 'far' with superlatives, but 'by far' is fine.

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    Re: adverbs with superlative

    Thank you for giving me the answer!

    I've looking forward to the answer. It's written in my grammar book, too.

    Just take care!

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    Re: adverbs with superlative

    Which book are you using?

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    Re: adverbs with superlative

    What I've studied now is written by a Korean linguist.
    I also consult various grammar books such as Practical English Usage(quite helpful),Communicative English Grammar, and A Student's Grammar of the English Language(very famous one).
    p.s. www.elllo.org is very, very useful and helpful that you might recommend someone.(I hope my memory is not so bad )
    I can get lots of sources from the site for my teacher interview expected next January. Thank you very very much!

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    Re: adverbs with superlative

    We have linked to Elllo.

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