Sentence 030 Let the cat out of the bag.
030 It was a most enjoyable party.
030 It works most effectively if you heat itt to 50 Degrees Centigrade.
030 Most people enjoy some kind of music.
030 We have done most of the work; now we can have lunch.
030 Who is coming to the meeting? Most everyone has been invited.
Leslie: Most students at elementary level take ’most’ for a Superlative Degree. Let’s help them see more clearly.
Agota: Most of the time, ’most’ is used with the Definite Artice but in the Sentence ’It was a most enjoyable party.’ there is an Indefinite Article.
It is not Superlative. It simply means that the party was very, very enjoyable.
’Most’ is an Adverb and it modifies the Adjective ’enjoyable’ and the two together modify the Noun ’party’.
L: I agree with you.
What about the next Sentence: ’It works most effectively if you heat it to 50 Degrees Centigrade.’
A: ’Most’ is an Adverb and it modifies the other Adverb ’effectively’; the two together modify the Verb ’works’.
The Predicate ’works most effectively’ offers a near-optimal solution to a broblem.
L: ’Most people enjoy some kind of music.’ ’Most’ means the great majority, almost everybody.
A: In ’We have done most of the work; now we can have lunch.’, ’most’ is very similar but it refers to ’work’ and it means a large amount, almost the whole.
L: In the last Sentence, we can see a unique use of ’most’.
In ’Who is coming to the party?’ ’Most everyone has been invited.’, ’most’ is synonym of ’almost’ and it points to the etymology of the word. ’All + most’ > ’almost’.