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    Best in or Best of

    Hi, can anyone tell me how to use "the best in" and "the best of". I was told to say "It's the best car in the world" but "it's the best car of the group. How do I know when to use "in" and "of"? I've been looking for a rule but I can't find anything.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: Best in or Best of

    It's the best car in its price range.
    It's the best car of those on display.

    (I think I need a nap.)

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    #3

    Re: Best in or Best of

    Thank you Tarheel, but I'm still don't know when to say in and when to say of.

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    #4

    Re: Best in or Best of

    Remember that when you're talking about the best and worst (or other superlatives) of something, there are some standard collocations: in the world, in the country, in the company.

    That's the best car in the world.
    I have the best husband in the world.
    She owns the best hotel in the country.
    He's the fastest typist in the company.
    She was the slowest runner in the competition.

    We also have standard collocations such as "of all" and "of the lot" (BrE).

    He's the best boyfriend of all!
    I like the blue one. It's the prettiest of the lot.
    The tall guy is the fastest of them all.

    With your original example, I find "It's the best car of the group" unnatural. I would say "It's the best car in the group".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Best in or Best of

    My wife had the world's best husband. (The best husband of all.)

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    #6

    Re: Best in or Best of

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    My wife had the world's best husband. (The best husband of all.)
    Not true! My wife has the world's best husband.

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