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    that superlative + of +Plural Noun

    How to understand the superlative structure "in that dreariest of subjects" in the following sentence: When our class was assigned to Mr. Fleagle for third-year English I anticipated another grim year in that dreariest of subjects? (Russell Baker's Sketch of Mr. Fleagle - Scrapbook of Styles - Passages for Rhetorical Analysis)

    Why isn't there an article before "subjects"?

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    Re: that superlative + of +Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by peggydingyu View Post
    How to understand the superlative structure "in that dreariest of subjects" in the following sentence: When our class was assigned to Mr. Fleagle for third-year English I anticipated another grim year in that dreariest of subjects? (Russell Baker's Sketch of Mr. Fleagle - Scrapbook of Styles - Passages for Rhetorical Analysis)

    Why isn't there an article before "subjects"?
    ... English is the dreariest of subjects [of all dreary subjects].

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    Re: that superlative + of +Plural Noun

    Thank you, Soup. Is this structure common?

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