Jan. 20, 2019

Sentence 020 Let the cat out of the bag.

020 He is more motivated than I am.

020 He is most motivated than I am.

020 He is the most motivated person than I am.

Leslie: Which Sentence is the worst? Is there a Benchmark in the Sentence?

Irene: I think that there are two equally bad sentences here: in one, the Benchmark is correct but the Comparative Form is incorrect; in the other, the Benchmark is correct but unnecessary because we don’t need a Benchmark for a Superlative Sentence.

L: It sounds intriguing. Tell me more. By the way, these are very common mistakes.

I: In ’He is most motivated than I am’ we would need a Comparative Degree and the Benchmark, ’than I am’, is correct.

L: ’Most’ as an Adjective or a Pronoun indicates nearly all or the majority of people or things mentioned. What does it mean here?

I: Frankly, I don’t know. It has no such function here.

L: What about the other Sentence you have chosen?

I: It is ’He is the most motivated person than I am.’ The Sentence ’He is the most motivated person.’ would be correct and it doesn’t need a Benchmark at all. The Superlative Degree is a Benchmark in itself.

L: Then the correct Sentence is ’He is more motivated than I am.’ It is a proper Comparative Degree with the necessary and sufficient Benchmark.