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    Question Confusion caused by 'the' and 'and'.

    which one is correct :
    'the best and the most' or 'the best and most' ?

    Do i need to repeat 'the' even after 'and' or a single 'the' would work ?
    Example:
    He is the best and the most intelligent person. or
    He is the best and most intelligent person.

    Later(After Brainstorming) :

    These are my conclusions for usage of 'the' :

    the best
    (as noun) and the worst(as noun) >because here are two nouns.

    but The best
    (adjective) and most intelligent(adjective) man(noun) >single 'the' for two adjectives describing a single noun.

    Please correct me if my conclusions are wrong.


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    Re: Confusion caused by 'the' and 'and'.

    Hi sudipadcary,

    I think you can say "He is the best, most intelligent person." You could also use and instead of the comma but the comma would be more standard in my opinion.

    For your noun usage, you can include the second instance of the as you have it, or you could probably omit it as the meaning would be clear. If someone has a hard rule on that please jump in, as I'm not basing this in a hard rule but just feel.

    So I think you can say "The best and the worst of the times" or "The best and worst of the times."
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    Re: Confusion caused by 'the' and 'and'.

    You asked this question here.

    Please do not ask the same question twice.

    If you want to continue the discussion, do so in the earlier thread.

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