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Not to forget that those who use "one of the better" sound wishy-washy.

Nemo1 June 25, 2013, 12:21am

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No, Brian W is wrong. I'll use an example of better and best, which can be applied equally to more and most.

In a set group based on criteria there can be "the best thing." In a larger set "the best thing" of smaller sets can form a new set "the best things"(or "those that fits best thing criteria of all finite sets"). This set is finite, and "one of the best things" makes sense.

In a set group based on criteria there can be many subsets of "better things"(i.e. group of things better than non-zero finite members) specifically sets of (n-1) sizes, the largest being the set of (n-1) size including the least. IOW, "one of the better things" means "everything except the least one."

"One of the (comparative)" is always wrong. It's always "one of the (superlative)."

Nemo June 25, 2013, 12:18am

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