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  1. tzfujimino's Avatar
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    #1

    take best care of

    Hello, everyone.
    Please read the sentences below.

    1. You take good care of the flowers.
    2. You take better care of the flowers than Sam.
    3. You take best care of the flowers of all the students.

    4. You take care of the flowers well.
    5. You take care of the flowers better than Sam.
    6. You take care of the flowers best of all the students.

    I'm not sure if #2 and #3 work.
    I think "the" is required before "best" in #3.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: take best care of

    For 3 and 6 I would say:

    Of all the students, you take the best care of the flowers.

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    #3

    Re: take best care of

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I'm not sure if #2 and #3 work.
    I think "the" is required before "best" in #3.

    Thank you.
    #2 is OK as far as I'm concerned. If you want to be pedantic we could say that it's ambiguous, even though the intended meaning is clear. It could, however, mean that you take better care of the flowers than you do of Sam.

    You're right about #3 needing 'the' before 'best', but I still don't like it much.

    For #6, how about, 'You take care of the flowers better than all the students'?
    I am not a teacher

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