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    Wink Grammar Question

    I have a question regarding the following sentence:


    I know Tom (the) best.


    I am aware of the fact that I can use or leave out "the" if I want to convey the meaning that I know Tom better than anybody else does, but supposing I wished
    to express the meaning that I know Tom better than I do anyone else, would "the" still be possible or could we just use "best"? Lots of thanks in advance and
    a happy new year to all of you from Bavaria.

    Cheers, Joern

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    Re: Grammar Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    I have a question regarding the following sentence:


    I know Tom (the) best.


    I am aware of the fact that I can use or leave out "the" if I want to convey the meaning that I know Tom better than anybody else does, but supposing I wished
    to express the meaning that I know Tom better than I do anyone else, would "the" still be possible or could we just use "best"? Lots of thanks in advance and
    a happy new year to all of you from Bavaria.

    Cheers, Joern
    You can use either "the best" or "best".

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    Re: Grammar Question

    Hi,

    'I know Tom best of all' avoids any doubt.

    Rgds

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    Re: Grammar Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    I have a question regarding the following sentence:


    I know Tom (the) best.


    I am aware of the fact that I can use or leave out "the" if I want to convey the meaning that I know Tom better than anybody else does, but supposing I wished
    to express the meaning that I know Tom better than I do anyone else, would "the" still be possible or could we just use "best"? Lots of thanks in advance and
    a happy new year to all of you from Bavaria.

    Cheers, Joern
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Mr. Matthias,


    (1) I was fascinated by your question because that matter has always

    confused me, too.

    (2) I took a chance and googled "know him best definite article," and one

    of the results was a 1920 scholarly journal entitled Neophilologus.

    (3) It had this most [very!!!] interesting observation:

    The use or omission of the definite article [by good writers]

    is [evidently] entirely conditioned by Rhythm.

    (a) The writer says that rhythm requires the article in:

    "We all liked Lady Glenmire the best."

    (b) The writer says that rhythm requires its omission in:

    "Left by all his friends and those who know him best."


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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