Student or Learner
When you compare within one same thing or person, do you always omit "the" for the superlative? Is it strict? If so, what do you think is the reason?
1. I'm most comfortable when I'm alone -Not "the most comfortable"
2. This river is deepest here.- Not "the deepest"
Last edited by keannu; 21-Jan-2012 at 15:55.
The deepest part of the river is here.
If you are comparing rivers you might say: "Of the many that we have crossed today, this river is the deepest". "Of all those we have crossed, this is the deepest river".
If you are talking about a single river: "The boat sunk here where the river is deepest", "The river is deepest here, where the boat sunk".
Often: "The river is at its deepest here".
But, as Tdol says: "The deepest part of the river is here".
"The river is (at its) widest where it flows around this bend".
"This bend is the widest part of the river".
not a teacher
A river has many parts, so one part has to be the deepest.
There is only one river, so it has to be deepest somewhere.