Is it always necessary to use definite article before superlative?


Normally we use definite article when we want to talk about something known or specific, but I noticed that always people used to put a definite article before superlatives even when they are talking about something generally.

For example:

"The best quality of gold can be found in the most of the countries".

and I'm wondering what's wrong for example with:

Best quality of gold can be found in most of countries


Is it always necessary to use definite article before superlatives? No exceptions? If there are examples for not using definite articles when using superlatives I'd like to know about them.

For example, can I say I am happiest. He is fastest. She is friendliest. without using definite article?

Judicious Allure

Posted 2018-05-02T22:12:47.287

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Question was closed 2018-05-03T12:14:17.830

None of the two examples are grammatical. – Mari-Lou A – 2018-05-02T22:32:48.783

You might try and see if your question is answered there. Note that "most" is not being used as a superlative in your examples. It's instead synonymous with "a majority of."

– joiedevivre – 2018-05-02T22:35:14.943

Another question on ELU where you might find useful information:

– joiedevivre – 2018-05-02T22:43:38.463

Thank you for the links. Indeed It seems that my question was answered by them. Should I delete the question or leave it for others and vote to close it? – Judicious Allure – 2018-05-02T23:13:32.783

A better question, inasmuch as the answers are very good: “love most” versus “love the most”

– Mari-Lou A – 2018-05-02T23:15:29.237

@subtle_sibling I'm no SE expert, but I think deleting it yourself is preferable. – joiedevivre – 2018-05-03T02:41:37.807

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