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    Cheapest/the cheapest

    Dear Native Speakers,
    In the following sentence, why "the" has not been used before "cheapest"? If we use "the before "cheapest" will there be any change in meaning?
    "Where is it cheapest to get typeset copies printed?"
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    Re: Cheapest/the cheapest

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdihas View Post
    Dear Native Speakers,

    In the following sentence, why "the" has not been used before "cheapest"? If we use "the before "cheapest" will there be any change in meaning?
    "Where is it cheapest to get typeset copies printed?"

    Thanks
    No change.

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    Re: Cheapest/the cheapest

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    Mr. Louis Alexander in his Longman English Grammar (1988 edition, page 120) says:

    " 'The' is sometimes dropped ... when the superlative is in front of a to-infinitive."

    His example: "I think it's SAFEST TO OVERTAKE now."

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    Re: Cheapest/the cheapest

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    This omission of "the" before superlatives is according to Michael Swan's Practical English Usage a matter of an informal style.

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