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He is a most clever boy.
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CK - Feb 25th 2012, 02:28
linked to 1454140
CK - Feb 25th 2012, 02:28
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Sentence #67979

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He is a most clever boy.

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odexed
12 day(s) ago - edited 12 day(s) ago
Do you think very clever or smart really can be linked to a most clever?
CK
CK
12 day(s) ago
It's OK with me to unlink them, though they basically mean the same thing.
Does anybody else have an opinion on this?
odexed
12 day(s) ago
For example, Tom can be very clever but as clever as others, but he can be the most clever boy in the class. I don't think it's the same.
CK
CK
12 day(s) ago
"A most clever" and "the most clever" aren't the same.
odexed
12 day(s) ago
So, what is the difference? I tried to google it but I didn't find anything.
CK
CK
12 day(s) ago
To me this sentence is old-fashioned. We still occasionally see this kind of thing written, though. It's the kind of thing that is useful for a foreign language student to recognize, but probably not actually use themselves.
CK
CK
12 day(s) ago
"The most clever" means he's more clever than any other boy.
"A most clever" means he's very clever.
odexed
11 day(s) ago
Thank you for this explanation.

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