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    #1

    Smile deserve the best

    Why should you settle for the second best when I know you should deserve something better/the best.

    Logically, which fits better here, something better or the best? Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: deserve the best

    My instinctive response on reading the first part was "something better".
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    NB: "settle for second best" >> delete "the"

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    Re: deserve the best

    ... but "the best" is acceptable - especially in the collocation 'deserve the best'.
    I don't like the second "should" though - you either deserve something or you don't.

    b

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    #4

    Re: deserve the best

    Thanks, Anglika and Bob, for the advice.
    Accordingly, I'll make a change to my base sentence: Why should you settle for second best when I know you deserve something better/the best.

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