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He is a most clever boy.
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linked to #230612
  • CK
  • Feb 25th 2012, 02:28
linked to #1454140
  • CK
  • Feb 25th 2012, 02:28
linked to #1454141

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Sentence #67979

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He is a most clever boy.

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odexed
Oct 10th 2014, 10:56 - edited Oct 10th 2014, 10:56
Do you think very clever or smart really can be linked to a most clever?
CK
CK
Oct 10th 2014, 10:58
It's OK with me to unlink them, though they basically mean the same thing.
Does anybody else have an opinion on this?
odexed
Oct 10th 2014, 10:59
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
Oct 10th 2014, 11:01
"A most clever" and "the most clever" aren't the same.
odexed
Oct 10th 2014, 11:04
So, what is the difference? I tried to google it but I didn't find anything.
CK
CK
Oct 10th 2014, 11:04
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
Oct 10th 2014, 11:06
"The most clever" means he's more clever than any other boy.
"A most clever" means he's very clever.
odexed
Oct 10th 2014, 13:00
Thank you for this explanation.

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