the use of the article "the"

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san

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Hi,

I would like to know if the use of the article "the" or the absence of it in the sentences I am going to write below would change the meaning or the context of the sentences:

a) I am in and out so much, email is best way to catch me.
b) I am in and out so much, email is the best way to catch me.

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Barb_D

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Hi San,
The article is required. There's no change in meaning when you leave it out - it's just ungrammatical.
 

banderas

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Hi,

I would like to know if the use of the article "the" or the absence of it in the sentences I am going to write below would change the meaning or the context of the sentences:

a) I am in and out so much, email is best way to catch me.incorrect
Something is the best (the best is superlative of adjective "good" but
you do something best (best is superlative of adverb "well".
b) I am in and out so much, email is the best way to catch me. correct

thanks

I am in and out so much, you best catch me by email.;-)
 
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