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    the use of "strong" and "best"

    Hi teachers!

    Which is the better word in the following cases, stronger or better or equally okay?

    1. I think George Foreman is the [strongest/ best] champion in history.

    2. The New York Yankees are the [strongest/ best] team in the big league.

    3. Japanese soccer is much [stronger/ better] than it was twenty years ago.

    Thank you!

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    Re: the use of "strong" and "best"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi teachers!

    Which is the better word in the following cases, stronger or better or equally okay?

    1. I think George Foreman is the [strongest/ best] champion in history.

    2. The New York Yankees are the [strongest/ best] team in the big league.

    3. Japanese soccer is much [stronger/ better] than it was twenty years ago.

    Thank you!

    OP
    Dear OP:

    Either strongest/best or stronger/better will work grammatically in your sentences. There is a difference however. Best/better are very open and general terms. An individual, a team, or a sport may be considered 'best' in any number of ways. Strongest/stronger narrow the field a bit. Of course, both would have to be followed up with specific supporting evidence, but strong gives the listener more of an idea of where you will be going in your argument.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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