Learn English  

Blue Level


Red Level


Yellow Level


Green Level


Purple Level


Orange Level


Violet Level


Video Lessons




American Speech




How to Learn




U.S. Citizenship










The word "most" is often used to form a superlative adjective. A superlative adjective shows that something is of the greatest degree or amount within a group that numbers more than three:

  • My math class is more difficult than my history class. (comparative adjective: more difficult)
  • Of all my classes, this math class is the most difficult. (superlative adjective: most difficult)

The word "most" is commonly used when describing facts and opinions:

  • Whole Foods is the most expensive grocery store in this area.
  • Getting married was the most difficult decision he ever made.
  • This is the most comfortable couch in the store.
  • The most beautiful flower in our garden is an Iris.


The word "most" is also used in front of a noun when describing an amount that is larger than other amounts:

  • This tree produces the most apples.
  • Most of the students prefer this book.
  • We had the most fun at that party.


It's helpful to use "most" when describing a situation that isn't 100% certain or 100% true. If an amount is greater than 50% and less than 100%, the word "most" is a good choice.

  • Most of the people in this city are in favor of adding bike lanes to the streets. (65%)
  • Most of the houses in this neighborhood are over 100 years old. (58%)
  • Most scientists believe that pollution has a negative effect on the environment. (98%)

In conversational English, you'll hear people say "for the most part" and "at most." These phrases are similar to the adverb "mostly."

  • For the most part, this has been a productive meeting.
  • At most, this meeting has been productive.
  • This meeting has been mostly productive.

In the sentences above, the meanings may vary slightly. It's possible that some of the time used during the meeting was not productive or a waste of time, but a majority of the time spent was not wasted.

Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.


April 13, 2015







© 2018 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.