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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmostmost1 /məʊst $ moʊst/ ●●● S1 W1 adverb 🔊 🔊 1 MOST[used before an adjective or adverb to form the superlative] having the greatest amount of a particular quality opp least 🔊 She’s one of the most experienced teachers in the district. 🔊 The most important thing is to stay calm. 🔊 A recent study showed that gardening is easily the most popular activity among the over 50s. 🔊 We shall find out which system works most effectively. 🔊 It is the kind of tea most often served in Chinese restaurants.GRAMMAR: ComparativesMost is not used before the -est form of an adjective or adverb. You say: This exercise is one of the hardest. Don’t say: This exercise is one of the most hardest.2 MOSTto a greater degree or more times than anything else 🔊 What annoyed him most was the way she wouldn’t even listen. 🔊 I guess the food I eat most is pasta. 🔊 Most of all, I just felt sad that it was over.3 [+adj/adverb] formalVERY very 🔊 Thank you for a most interesting evening. 🔊 I was most surprised to hear of your engagement.4 American English informalALMOST almost 🔊 He plays poker most every evening.USAGE: The most, the moreYou use the most when you are comparing one person or thing with all others: It was the most terrifying experience of my life.In spoken English, you can also use the most when comparing just two people or things: Which is the most enjoyable – tennis or squash? However, some people think that this is incorrect and use (the) more to compare two people or things: Which is the more enjoyable – tennis or squash?
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mostShe liked the dark beer most.It's most comfortable if I sit with my legs up.It is for the local management of the service to determine the most effective deployment of resources to meet performance targets.This style of management is most frequently used in Japan.One of our most fundamental desires, it seems, is to know and dramatize the richness of physical life.Women have long been both the greatest seekers of psy services and the group most heavily victimized by them.Stories of even the most important events often depended on the post.That's the most important part!It was a most interesting experience.I guess the food I eat most is pasta.What worries me most is the effect the divorce is having on the children.What the people here need most of all is food and clean water.The prison hero is the one who most openly shows anger and contempt for the staff.Death is the most powerful of these forces.I was most surprised to hear of your engagement.The part we enjoyed most was the trip to the Grand Canyon.easily the mostHe also is easily the most controversial.Arias, 25, is easily the most highly regarded of the three.Neither is the 33 sacks Stanford has yielded, easily the most in the Pac-10.He was now easily the most influential person in policy-making.The Kulturkampf was easily the most spectacular quarrel with Rome.Most of allMost of all , I just felt sad that it was over.Scared of the country, scared of Ward. Most of all of Ward.most everyAl. most every client arrangement for a self-employed person will be unique.That meant he and Joanne came to most every home game.By year end, most every investor had reason to smile.She had a pudding most every night.We eat out most every weekend.
mostmost2 ●●● S1 W1 determiner, pronoun [the superlative of ‘many’ and ‘much’] 🔊 🔊 1 MOSTnearly all of the people or things in a group, or nearly all of something syn the majority 🔊 Like most people, I try to take a vacation every year. 🔊 Most research in this field has been carried out by the Russians.most of 🔊 It was Sunday and most of the shops were shut. 🔊 Most of what Hannah told me wasn’t true. 🔊 Some were barefoot, most were in rags.most of the time/most days etc (=usually) 🔊 Most of the time it’s very quiet here. 🔊 Most evenings we just stay in and watch TV.2 MOSTa larger amount or number than anyone or anything elsethe most 🔊 The team that scores the most points wins. 🔊 Which class has the most children in it? 🔊 It’s unfair that you should have to pay the most when you earn so little. 🔊 The animal that caused most trouble was a little black puppy.3 MOSTthe largest number or amount possible 🔊 The aim is to help patients to obtain most benefit from their treatment.the most 🔊 The most you can hope to achieve is just to get him to listen to your ideas.4 at (the) most5 for the most part6 make the most of something/get the most out of somethingGRAMMAR: Patterns with mostYou use most before plural nouns to talk about people or things in general: Most people disagree. Don’t say: The most people disagree.You say most of the: Most of the shops are closed. Don’t say: most of shopsYou say most of my/her/his etc or many of them/us/you: Most of my friends are at university.Most of them are women.
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most ofHe spends most of his time in New York.We get most of our snow in February.Sara does most of the cooking.the mostA new tyre would cost £70 at the very most.I'd say that in our family, Kelly talks the most.Which machine uses the most electricity?He likes to gamble, but the most he ever won was $1000.I'm afraid £500 is the most I can offer you.Who has the most kids?The player who scores the most points wins.How can we get the most power from the engine?In a fair tax system those who earn the most should pay the most.Two cakes is the most that I can bake in my oven at one time.I think two or three responses might be the most you can expect.The most you can hope to achieve is a 10% increase in production.
-most-most /məʊst $ moʊst/ suffix [in adjectives] 🔊 🔊 NEARnearest to something 🔊 the northernmost town in Sweden (=the town that is furthest to the north) 🔊 the topmost branches of the tree
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-mostChina's westernmost region
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