English grammar rule The Superlative

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Unique nouns are indicated by using the definite article the. Nouns become unique when modified with a superlative (best, worst) or an ordinal number (tenth, hundredth). There are other adjectives that can also make a noun unique depending on context (“The white house” when others around it are blue.)


Examples of 'The Superlative' rule
  1. Incorrect They had a reception for an champion runner.
    Correct They had a reception for the champion runner.
    Incorrect The new teacher will start on a second day of the school year.
    Correct The new teacher will start on the second day of the school year.
    Incorrect That was a final straw for the principal.
    Correct That was the final straw for the principal.
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