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    -er & -est

    In comparing two things do you write/say, "He is the stronger of the two weightlifters?" Three or more, "He is the strongest of the three weightlifters?" How about when no number of weightlifters is given do you use -er or -est?

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    Re: -er & -est

    Yes and yes to your first two questions. Use 'strongest' when no number is specified.

    NOTE: Be aware that very many native speakers fail to use the comparative correctly. You'll hear well-educated speakers say 'The best team won' when only two teams have been playing. If they know it's wrong, they don't care.

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    Re: -er & -est

    Do you say "The better team won?"

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    Re: -er & -est

    That's what we should say when there are only two teams/players. Many people get it wrong, though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: -er & -est

    I am not a teacher.

    It's not quite that simple.

    If it's the final of a knockout competition or tournament, the ultimate winner could probably be accurately described as 'the best' even though the last match/game only involved two opponents.

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