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    Sentence

    The most(noun) you can hope for is a passing grade.

    What is the most(noun) you can hope for?

    I copied the first sentence from the dictionary. What about the second sentence, is it correct? Please.
    Last edited by puzzle; 30-Sep-2009 at 02:39.

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    Re: Sentence

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    Re: Sentence

    The most(noun) you can hope for is a passing grade.

    What is the most(noun) you can hope for?
    They mean that the word most is being used as a noun in the given sentence. (It doesn't mean that the word most is being followed be a noun!) For example:

    Student: I sure hope I get an 'A' in this class.

    Professor: Well, unfortunately you're not doing very well. You got a 'D' on the midterm and have failed to turn in several assignments, so...the most you can hope for is a passing grade.

    Here, the word most is being used as a noun (a pronoun, to be precise) and stands for (the) highest grade (that you can hope to receive).

    Hope this is clear.

    Greg

    P.S. Puzzle, here's a tip for you. When you tack on a meaningless little second post to your original post like this, it serves absolutely no useful purpose other than fooling people into thinking your question has already been answered, thus making it even less likely you will receive a response, not more likely.
    Last edited by dragn; 30-Sep-2009 at 07:28.

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