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    run (the) fastest

    Which is correct or better?
    1-1. I run the fastest among the three.
    1-2. I run fastest among the three.
    2-1. Mary feels the happiest when she's eating something sweet.
    2-2. Mary feels happiest when she's eating something sweet.
    Thank you.

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    Re: run (the) fastest

    'the' of "the fastest" implies a group, even if the group isn't mentioned:

    1-1. I run the fastest among the three.
    2-1. Mary feels the happiest (among the group) given the following condition: when she's eating something sweet.

    Without 'the', "fastest" modifies the verb,

    1-2. I run fastest among the three. (awkward)
    2-2. Mary feels happiest when she's eating something sweet.

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