Is 'the' mandatory before 'most'?

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Is 'the' mandatory before 'most'?

Post by Raja28 » 26 Jul 2018, 21:13

The narrative, for most part, is engaging. or
The narrative, for the most part, is engaging.
Though it's been taught that the superlative should be preceded by 'the', I feel that the former sentence without 'the' is acceptable. Would love to know the views of the community.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 27 Jul 2018, 08:43

In this example, "the" is absolutely needed.
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Post by Yssimnar » 04 Aug 2018, 17:25

Raja28 wrote:
26 Jul 2018, 21:13
The narrative, for most part, is engaging. or
The narrative, for the most part, is engaging.
Though it's been taught that the superlative should be preceded by 'the', I feel that the former sentence without 'the' is acceptable. Would love to know the views of the community.
If "parts" were pleural, you can say, "The narrative, for most parts, is engaging."
"The narrative, for the most parts, is engaging" wouldn't sound right.
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Post by Raja28 » 04 Aug 2018, 21:39

CatInTheHat wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 08:43
In this example, "the" is absolutely needed.
Thank you, for the clarification!

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Post by Raja28 » 04 Aug 2018, 21:44

Yssimnar wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 17:25
If "parts" were pleural, you can say, "The narrative, for most parts, is engaging."
"The narrative, for the most parts, is engaging" wouldn't sound right.
That makes sense. Thank you!

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Post by jgraney8 » 21 Aug 2018, 23:03

Most seems to be used in two ways as an adjective. One is as a superlative as in the most intelligent, the most useful tools, the most amazing show. The second is when it has the meaning of a majority of as in most people know, most New Yorkers.

In your sentence, "the narrative, for the most part, is engaging", part is not used as separate units, so the most part is correct. Now, if you revised it to say, "Most parts of the narrative are engaging." You are now using parts as separate countable pieces.

Another way of looking at it is "for the most part" is a fixed phrase in English.

I hope this helps.
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Post by Raja28 » 22 Aug 2018, 00:24

jgraney8 wrote:
21 Aug 2018, 23:03
Most seems to be used in two ways as an adjective. One is as a superlative as in the most intelligent, the most useful tools, the most amazing show. The second is when it has the meaning of a majority of as in most people know, most New Yorkers.

In your sentence, "the narrative, for the most part, is engaging", part is not used as separate units, so the most part is correct. Now, if you revised it to say, "Most parts of the narrative are engaging." You are now using parts as separate countable pieces.

Another way of looking at it is "for the most part" is a fixed phrase in English.

I hope this helps.
Thank you for the explanation! I think I'm getting to understand it better.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 22 Aug 2018, 16:31

I'm glad others provided explanations. Definitely need "the" included :)

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Post by kaymontacell » 22 Aug 2018, 19:45

Definitely, "the" should be included in this context.
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Post by Raja28 » 22 Aug 2018, 20:17

kfwilson6 wrote:
22 Aug 2018, 16:31
I'm glad others provided explanations. Definitely need "the" included :)
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Post by Raja28 » 22 Aug 2018, 20:18

kaymontacell wrote:
22 Aug 2018, 19:45
Definitely, "the" should be included in this context.
Got it! Thank you :)

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Post by Nditah » 28 Aug 2018, 11:00

The narrative, for the most part, is engaging. I think since it carries a sense of superlative, "the" - article should be included.

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Post by Raja28 » 28 Aug 2018, 20:40

That's what I gather, too. Thank you.

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