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    Polyester is offline Senior Member
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    My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    Is it correct way to say like below sentence?

    "My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life."
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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    Piscean,
    I don't like the "the most". I will insist to use "a".
    Do you think is it correct?
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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I will insist to use "a".
    You should use 'an'.

    My dad told me that I'm an intelligent kid.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 02-Oct-2017 at 07:55.
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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    Polyester, you don't have to like the answers to your questions, but that doesn't make you right. The original sentence makes no sense. Piscean's interpretation does make sense. Also, "a intelligent" is nonstandard English. (In the South, however, we say "a apple". (Note further that I'm not from the South.))

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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    The OP would be ill-advised to do the following:

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    we are always translating the language from Chinese to English in speaking and writing.
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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    The inclusion of "...he has ever seen in his life" necessitates a superlative (most/-est), or a comparative (more/-er).

    Consider the following possibilities:

    "My Dad told me that I'm one of the most intelligent kids he has ever seen in his life."

    "My Dad told me that I'm one of the more intelligent kids he has ever seen in his life."

    The former implies a higher intelligence range than the latter, though the latter still implies that you're comfortably above average.

    Note that "kids" is plural because of "one of the".
    Last edited by bubbha; 01-Oct-2017 at 19:29.
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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    My dad told me that I'm the only intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life.
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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    Note that we don't capitalise 'dad' unless it's being used like a name - say 'Monty'.

    I asked my dad if I could borrow his toenail clippers.

    'Can I borrow your toenail clippers, Dad? I asked.

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    Re: My Dad told me that I'm a intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    My dad told me that I'm the only intelligent kid he has ever seen in his life.
    So all the rest of them are stupid?

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