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    definite article

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by zaffy, Aug 8, 2010.

    Silly question this but ...

    The last impressed him most.
    or
    The last impressed him the most.
     
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    Smells contextual to me.
     
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    I think either works, grammatically. The choice comes down to sound and rhythm, to me. I don't like how the m's run together in "him most" so I'd probably go with the second version.
     
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    Thanks.
    Are you a poet?
    Never thought about looking at fiction that way.
     
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    I used to write poetry. But even prose, in my view, should sound good when read aloud. So I pay attention to things like that.

    I take the word storyteller seriously ...

    ;)
     
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    Some languages require an article always be present with a noun. English isn't one of them. But a lot of times it sounds better. But as someone said, a lot could depend on the context.
     
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    it's a matter of style, as either is correct...
     

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