Is saying "most hard" incorrect?
If it is, great. If its not correct, please explain why it isn't. I know there's a single syllable rule but it doesn't apply to all single syllable words. Would saying "hardest" and "most" hard be possibly correct?
- BethanyLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
There are very few exceptions to the single syllable rule
(eg: good better best, bad worse worst)
but these don't use 'most'.
Could you give me a couple of other examples that use 'most'? I'm genuinely curious.
- RAY GLv 78 years ago
No, it isn't incorrect - just unidiomatic (i.e. not usually said that way).
You need to realise that the "single syllable rule" and all other rules for the choice of comparative ("<word>er" or "more <word>") are only approximations, and the choice is actually quite ''fuzzy'. Even educated native speakers will often disagree, strongly, about which to use for a particular adjective.
The actual evidence from print use is that "hardest" is by far the dominant form.
However, this doesn't make "most hard" actively wrong, and it's not difficult to find examples in print:
What is of all things most yielding can overcome that which is the most hard.
- Tao Te Ching
- ?Lv 58 years ago
"Most hard" is absolutely incorrect. There is another word which is "harder" or "hardest".
- 8 years ago
Yes it is . You mean hardest.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
Yes, just say "hardest".
- 8 years ago
Try harder or hardest.