Please help ... does the word "most" refer to basic or expectations here?

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where the most basic expectations are not even met

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  • 2 months ago
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    The most basic is the intended idea.  The makes it a specific, a unique thing, not just any general thing.  The most basic expectations is written to mean the expectations which are the most basic, and NOT the basic expectations which are the numerically superior ones.

    "The most basic somethings" is not the same as "Most basic somethings."  A good example of the importance of the definite article in declaring the intended meaning.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In this context, it means least.

  • 2 months ago

    It refers to basic.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Most refers to basic. They would be read as one.

    When you start a new school you have some expectations. Good friends. A knowledgeable teacher. A happy environment.

    But on day one, you arrive at school, to find workmen are drilling, hammering, and it's very noisy.

    In this scenario the most basic expectation was a building fit for the purpose of  learning. Quiet. Peaceful to aid concentration. Conducive to learning.

    The last thing on your mind was that it would a building site with work in progress, 

    "where the most basic expectations are not even met"

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