Can you say "superb enough"?

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Can you say "superb enough"?

Post by hardworker » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:56 pm

superb means extremely good. Normally, you can say something like:

(1) Your skills are enough or good enough or strong enough to solve this difficult math problem.

I would like to make up a sentence with 'superb'.

(2) Your skills are superb enough to solve this difficult math problem.

Is it correct to say "superb enough"? Thanks a lot.

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Re: Can you say "superb enough"?

Post by Joe » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:11 am

You are right to be doubtful. The word "superb" is a non-gradable adjective and normally it doesn't make sense to say "superb enough", but you could say it if you deliberately intend to be funny or perhaps sarcastic. However, I wouldn't use it in an exam setting, and I would only use it if you know exactly what you're doing. This kind of thing (when spoken) is heavily influenced by tone of voice and pronunciation.
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Re: Can you say "superb enough"?

Post by StevenMorris » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:32 am

"Superb" is what we call a superlative. Like "best", this is as good as it gets. There isn't any room for it to mean less than the best.

Good, better, best.

"Good" is a simple indication of something being positive. As Josef says, it is "non-gradable". We can qualify it like this, "pretty good", "rather good", very good", "not so good", not very good", "not good enough".

"Better" is a comparative term. This thing is better than that thing. We cannot grade it. We cannot say, "more better", "less better", "not better enough".

"Best" is a superlative. Like "better", it is also comparative, but "best" means "better than everything else". In the same way as "better", it is not gradable.

"Superb" is similar to "better". It is a superlative and means, "of the highest quality". High-higher-highest... same pattern.

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Re: Can you say "superb enough"?

Post by Tukanja » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:37 pm

From point of gradability "huge" is a similar adjective, "huge enough" isn't possible.

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