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    with or without "the"

    My friend asked me some day ago - in sentence she is my best friend, why there is no the? we know that in superlative it is used as the best, the tallest...I never realised this before..even though I heard this sentence lot of times...so can you help me? Thank you


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    Re: with or without "the"

    Well, I can tell you one thing: a possessive adjective trumps a definite article here.

    In other words, the word "my" renders the article "the" unnecessary. You can't say:

    "She is my the best friend." (X)

    You would, however, have to say the following:

    "She is the best friend I have." (√)

    One way you could think of this is that possessive adjectives sort of have a definite article built right into them. For example, when you say:

    "My book is on the table."

    ...what you are actually saying is:

    "The book that is on the table belongs to me."

    Possessive adjectives tend to specify a certain thing, much in the same manner that definite articles do. There is probably more that could be said about this, but that's a start.

    Hope this makes sense.

    Greg
    Last edited by dragn; 26-Aug-2009 at 04:12.


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    Re: with or without "the"

    Hello!
    It can also be written as

    "She is the best friend of me.
    "




    Chellamuthu


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    Re: with or without "the"

    Thank you for your help! I understand now!
    and what chellamuthu said, "She is the best friend of me", is that correct, or it should be she is the best friend of mine? :)

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    Re: with or without "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by tanja_srbija View Post
    Thank you for your help! I understand now!
    and what chellamuthu said, "She is the best friend of me", is that correct, or it should be she is the best friend of mine? :)
    Neither one nor the other is correct, it should be "She is my best friend".


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    Re: with or without "the"

    Thank you! I thought that this other is correct, because I think I heard that on tv...but it is ok to use that "friend of mine" in some other sentences...or no? :)

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    Re: with or without "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by tanja_srbija View Post
    Thank you! I thought that this other is correct, because I think I heard that on tv...but it is ok to use that "friend of mine" in some other sentences...or no? :)
    You could say "She is a (good) friend of mine."

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