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    superlative emphasis

    Hi

    A: So what do you think of Jamie's performance?

    B: I loved it. It was ( ) the best.

    a) as ever b) very c) by far d) much


    I think both c) and d) are right.
    b) is also right if the phrase is changed into "the very best"

    Am I right?

    Please give me your opinions on that.

    Thanks.

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    Re: superlative emphasis

    Hi,
    "Much the best" doesn't work well.

    I agree that "the very best" would be fine if you were allowed to change the word order. However, since there is only one "best" realize that "the very best" is redundant, although it's commonly said.


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    Re: superlative emphasis

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi,
    "Much the best" doesn't work well.

    I agree that "the very best" would be fine if you were allowed to change the word order. However, since there is only one "best" realize that "the very best" is redundant, although it's commonly said.

    Thank you so much.

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