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  1. Yourjones
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    Which colour do you like (the) best?

    Hello,

    Should I say "best" or "the best" in:

    "What colour do you like …… ?"

    Thanks.

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    Either one is OK.

  3. Yourjones
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    Thank you so much! Now I know either one is fine.

    I had this question because I remember I was taught the word "the" can not be dropped in superlatives. Should I doubt that statement now?

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    Yes, you should.

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Thank you so much! Now I know either one is fine.

    I had this question because I remember I was taught the word "the" can not be dropped in superlatives. Should I doubt that statement now?
    It depends on the context.

    Which colour do you like best?
    Which colour do you like the best?

    The best colour is red.
    Best colour is red.

    It is the best job in the world.
    It is best job in the world.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    John likes Linda and Rhonda, but he likes Linda best/the best.
    Fred likes St. Barts and Jamaica, but he likes St. Barts best/the best.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Mar-2015 at 11:07. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    NOT A TEACHER

    In general, the definite article tends to be left out when used informally.
    However, if the superlative adjective is used without making any reference, then the definite article is not used at all, as in:

    In summertime, the sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm.

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    John likes Linda and Rhonda, but he likes Linda best/the best.
    Fred likes St. Barts and Jamaica, but he likes St. Barts best/the best.
    Hello, Mike.
    May I ask you a question here?

    If those had been written by my student, I would have corrected them to:

    John likes Linda and Rhonda, but he likes Linda better.
    Fred Likes St. Barts and Jamaica, but he likes St. Barts better.

    Is it OK to use the superlative form when comparing two things/people?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    I will usurp Mike here. The superlative is grammatically wrong, but we hear it every day.

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    Re: Which colour do you like (the) best?

    It is done, but your phrasing is better. I was just trying to come up with examples.

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