most beautifully

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

Locked
azz
Rising Star
Rising Star
Posts: 126
Joined: Fri Feb 06, 2004 12:50 pm

most beautifully

Post by azz » Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:20 am

a. He plays the guitar, the drums and the piano, but he plays the piano most beautifully.
b. He plays the guitar, the drums and the piano, but he plays the piano the most beautifully

c. Tom, Pete and Harry all play the piano, but Tom plays it most beautifully.
d. Tom, Pete and Harry all play the piano, but Tom plays it the most beautifully.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?
Which are natural?

Many thanks.

User avatar
Alan
Teacher/Moderator
Teacher/Moderator
Posts: 13712
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: Teacher of English

Re: most beautifully

Post by Alan » Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:44 am

B and D are the contextually appropriate choices (i.e. correctly formed superlatives).

(Most beautifully = VERY beautifully: not a superlative)

Locked