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"The most young"



carinita
Argentina

"The most young"
 
I saw this in an exam sheet and another teacher told me it was incorrect. Why does it sound correct to me? Isn ´t "young" one of the adjectives that accepts two types of superlative?

23 Dec 2012      



almaz
United Kingdom

More context, please, Carina.

23 Dec 2012     



libertybelle
United States

Young, younger, youngest.

The most young sounds weird to me.
I would never use it that way.

For example:
He is the youngest in his class.



23 Dec 2012     



cindyfreksen
Denmark

You could say most of the young today are computer literate ... meaning most young people. However, you have to do the young, younger and youngest for superlatives.

23 Dec 2012     



carinita
Argentina

Fine!! I got confused!! I guess "youngest" is all right. Thanks!

23 Dec 2012     



MoodyMoody
United States

One syllable adjectives use -er and -est for comparative and superlative. (There are only a few irregular adjectives: good, bad, and far come to mind quickly.)
 
Adjectives with three or more syllables use more and most. Two syllable adjectives can go either way. In general, if a two syllable adjective ends with a vowel sound, use -er or -est. If it ends with a consonant sound, use more or most. However, this rule is not hard and fast. We just had a debate about handsome and "handsomer" really doesn ´t sound bad to me. However, "stupider" sounds stupid!

23 Dec 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I suppose you might see ´most young ´ if you were using ´young ´ as a noun, so context might be important. However, yes, the superlative is ´youngest ´.

24 Dec 2012     



ISAVELUCHITA
Argentina

I think cunliffe is right, you must pay attention to the context!

25 Dec 2012     



b.pekesen
Turkey

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25 Dec 2012