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    Articles, part 2

    Of all ____ reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my fatherís advice was _____ most important one.
    A the; a B. /; a C/; the D the; the


    I think A, B, C and D are all correct. True?
    Please.
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    Re: spread of?

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Of all ____ reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my fatherís advice was _____ most important one.
    A the; a B. /; a C/; the D the; the


    I think A, B, C and D are all correct. True?
    Please.
    ***Not a teacher***
    In my opinion, it must begin with 'Of all the reasons', I don't think 'Of all reasons' would be used generally. Therefore I would say only A and D.

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    Re: spread of?

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Of all ____ reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my fatherís advice was _____ most important one.
    A the; a B. /; a C/; the D the; the


    I think A, B, C and D are all correct. True?
    Please.

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


    Norwood,

    (1) Even for us native speakers, articles can present

    a problem.

    (2) Thus, I understand how difficult it can be -- especially for

    people whose first language lacks "the."

    (3) I believe that only D is "correct."

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    Re: spread of?

    ***Not a teacher***
    Having re-read the post, I agree with MrParser and think I was wrong when I said A and D were acceptable. D is the only correct answer.

    A does not work because if you begin a sentence with "Of all the reasons..." then it would not work to say "...is a most important one", because "Of all the reasons...." is drawing attention to a particular important reason (the most important one) and not a group of reasons which are important.

    Apologies for the misleading response.

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    Re: Articles, part 2

    What do you think of this:
    Among all the reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my fatherís advice was a most important one.

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    Re: Articles, part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    What do you think of this:
    Among all the reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my fatherís advice was a most important one.
    If you really want to say a most, rather than a very, then omit all.

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    Re: Articles, part 2

    Of all the reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my fatherís advice was a very important one.
    Do you natives say that without anything weird? Please.

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    Re: Articles, part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Of all the reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my fatherís advice was a very important one.
    Do you natives say that without anything weird? Please.
    Not really. Only 'the most' is natural here.

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