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    the simplest (of) tools

    A path had been hewn out in the forest by natives using only the simplest of tools.

    What's the difference in meaning between the simplest of tools and the simplest tools?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: the simplest (of) tools

    There's no difference at all in meaning. Inserting "of" perhaps emphasises that the tools were VERY simple!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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