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better or best?



genzianella
Italy

better or best?
 
Hi fellow teachers!
I was reading a book when I came across this expression:
 
- there must be a misunderstanding ... should he be telephoned, do you think?
- might be best - said Paul
 
Why did they use "best" and not "better"? I would have said "It might be better (to phone him)
 
Thanks!

10 Sep 2009      



libertybelle
United States

Might be best is correct.
It s short for the best thing to do

L

10 Sep 2009     



genzianella
Italy

thanks! so if I said "it might be better" it would be a mistake?
 
I once read in a book "it´s easiest if we do this".  Is that correct too?

10 Sep 2009     



libertybelle
United States


You wrote:

there must be a misunderstanding ... should he be telephoned, do you think?
- might be best - said Paul

Well better is comparative and what are you comparing to?
It s not the better thing to do , but the best thing to do.


10 Sep 2009     



genzianella
Italy

well, Libertybelle, I must say you are right ... it just didn t sound right to me, I don t know why! Thanks a bunch!

10 Sep 2009     



genzianella
Italy

well, Libertybelle, I must say you are right ... it just didn t sound right to me, I don t know why! Thanks a bunch!

10 Sep 2009