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    my skills superb enough

    Usually, people say: My skills are not good or strong enough to do this job. "Superb" means very good. I would like to use this adjective to make up a similar sentence.

    (ex) My math skills are not superb enough to solve this difficult problem. Only a few very smart students in my school can do it.

    Is it grammatically correct to say, "not superb enough"? Please help me. Thanks.

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    Re: my skills superb enough

    I don't find it natural, perhaps because 'superb' is not really gradable,

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    Re: my skills superb enough

    You could rewrite it completely:

    You need superb math skills to solve this problem, and mine are not up to it/good enough.

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    Re: my skills superb enough

    Taking post #2 a little further, "superb" is what we call a superlative. Like "best", this is as good as it gets. There isn't any room for it to mean less than the best.

    Good, better, best.

    "Good" is a simple indication of something being positive. As Piscean says, it is "gradable". We can qualify it like this, "pretty good", "rather good", very good", "not so good", not very good", "not good enough".

    "Better" is a comparative term. This thing is better than that thing. We cannot grade it. We cannot say, "more better", "less better", "not better enough".

    "Best" is a superlative. Like "better", it is also comparative, but "best" means "better than everything else". In the same way as "better", it is not gradable.

    "Superb" is similar to "better". It is a superlative and means, "of the highest quality". High-higher-highest... same pattern.

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