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If Jim is the same height as Tom, and other students in their class are not as tall as them, then can we say

Tom is the tallest student in his class.

? Or, Should I say

Tom is a tallest student in his class.

? Or, Should I say

Tom and Jim are the tallest students in his class.

?

5I disagree that saying

Tom is the tallest...is correct if there is another of exactly the same height. One could indeed sayone of the two tallest....But superlatives are superlatives and I do not believe they allow for other exact equivalents. Apart from anything else it involves the definite article, which indicates singularity. – WS2 – 2016-02-21T07:40:31.3172@WS2 'Tom and Jim are the tallest.' The superlative may be applied to a subset of order greater than one. – Edwin Ashworth – 2016-02-21T16:39:16.810

@EdwinAshworth I agree. – WS2 – 2016-02-21T20:29:08.633

Wish I could vote twice – lauir – 2016-02-22T08:02:02.013

1Or "Jim's class". But to be impartial with respect to both Tom and Jim, let's say "their" :-) – None – 2016-02-22T08:05:25.497