Interested in Language
Good morning to all!
I was trying an exercise on comparatives and the sentence was: "Which one do you like (good), fish or meat?" The answer was "better", but I've also seen "best", for example in "You know best" but we can also say, and I guess it's more common: "You know better".
I was wondering if there's any difference or if "best" is not correct in any of the sentences.
Last edited by MASM; 15-Apr-2010 at 16:36.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
Good morning, MASM:
(1) Of course, I am NOT sure, but I THINK some very strict teachers would suggest that you use the adverb "much." (much/more/most)
(2) I very MUCH like fish. (How much do you like fish?)
I like fish MORE (than I like meat).
I like fish the MOST (of the three or more choices).
(3) As I understand it, the adverb "well" (well, better, best) should be reserved for HOW you do something. But in your sentence, you are saying HOW MUCH you like something.
(4) For example, older people like me enjoy newspapers the most. It is absolutely true, of course, that many native speakers say:
Newspapers? TV? The Internet? Well, I like the Internet the best.
(a) But I think that strict teachers call for "most" or "the most."
(5) Perhaps the adverb "well" should be reserved for how you DO something:
(a) I play the piano well.
(b) I play the piano better than Mona.
(c) I play the piano (the) best of all the students in my class.
(6) I notice that you wrote: Which one do you like (good), fish or meat.
I think that "good" is an adjective. But since you need something to match the verb "like," perhaps you need the adverb "much."
(7) Maybe "good" would be correct if you needed something to match nouns: Which one is (good): fish or meat? Fish is better than meat. Fish is the best of all the choices on the table.
Let's see what others can teach you and me.
Have a nice day!
Sometimes, the phrase "You know best" is a tiny bit sarcastic, or at least, uses some hyperbole, to imply that "You know better than anyone else in the world" which would mean "You know best."
At least, it would mean "of all the people likely to have input on this, yours is the best."
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.
Thanks to you all!
The sentence came up in an activity about comparatives and superlatives,where you are supposed to put "good" into its superlative or comparative form.
I'm confused by the construction: "Which one do you like better/best, fish or meat?", because they both sound OK to me.
They can be asking what I like better in that moment or if as a general rule I prefer fish or meat as the best option.