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    Tom is the youngest of (the) four.

    Tom is the youngest of four.
    Is this sentence correct? I think it is incorrect because there is a lack of the article "the" before "four". Am I right? Thanks!

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    Re: Tom is the youngest of (the) four.

    The sentence is correct as written. The reader understands it as Tom is the youngest of four children.

    It would only be correct with the additional article if a preceding sentence mentioned four people.
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    Re: Tom is the youngest of (the) four.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The sentence is correct as written. The reader understands it as Tom is the youngest of four children.

    It would only be correct with the additional article if a preceding sentence mentioned four people.
    Thank you! How about this one? - "The skirt is the most expensive of (the) three."
    Is the "THE" before "three" necessary?

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    Re: Tom is the youngest of (the) four.

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    Thank you! How about this one? - "The skirt is the most expensive of (the) three."
    Is the "THE" before "three" necessary?
    Yes, in general. Some rare cases would allow leaving it out but a learner doesn't have to consider them.
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