"This is the most important of the figures of speech."
From the above sentence, I think we don't need to put 'of the' before 'the figures' since important is adjective. Why is this sentence grammatically correct even with 'of the' between 'important' and 'figure'?
Last edited by wotcha; 11-Aug-2010 at 04:08.
"This is the most important figures" would be wrong since 'this' is singular and 'figures' is plural.
Your sentence means, "This is the most important figure of speech of all [of] the figures of speech." OR
"Of all the figures of speech, this is the most important."
Can you really not see the need for "of the" in the following?:
"Tom is the oldest of the three brothers."
"This is the greenest of the three apples."
"This is the most important of the figures."