He jumped the highest (of all the boys in the class).
Our team plays the best (of all the teams in the league).
They sing the most sweetly (of all the choirs I have heard).
The examples are from http://www.fortunecity.com/bally/durrus ... mch25.html.
Are the 'the's' necessary? How can they be justified before adverbs? Please explain. Thanks. --- tk