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most rapidly

Post by azz » Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:14 am

a. A lot of people finished the same assignment. John did it fastest.
b. A lot of people finished the same assignment. John did it the fastest.


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c. A lot of people finished the same assignment. John did it most rapidly.
d. A lot of people finished the same assignment. John did it the most rapidly.


Are all of the above grammatically correct?

I don't know if 'John did it most rapidly.' is ambiguous or not.

I think (a) and (b) mean the same. It seems to me that the 'the' is optional there.

But could (c) be used instead of (d) or does it only mean that he did it very rapidly?

Many thanks.
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Re: most rapidly

Post by Bobinwales » Thu Sep 23, 2021 9:19 pm

All are acceptable, but...
"A lot of people finished the same assignment. John was the quickest", would be more colloquial.
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Re: most rapidly

Post by tony h » Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:27 pm

I find fastest and rapidly sit rather uncomfortably here. I think the reason is that fastest and rapidly seem to have more of a competitive element to them.
I don't associate an assignment with a competition of speed.
With an assignment words like "finished it first" or "first to hand it in" is more of an observation than statement of quality.
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