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    very/most interesting

    is there any difference between these?
    "It's very interesting!"
    "It's most interesting!"

    is "most" stronger than very?

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    I think they're basically equivalent, but to my ears, "very" sounds American and "most" British. I'm sure I'll be accosted by some Brit for saying that.
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    I second Barmbie's post. They are virtually identical in meaning.
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    They are pretty much identical in meaning but I'd say "most" sounds a little bit more pompous and is less widely used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basurero
    "most" sounds a little bit more pompous and is less widely used.
    That's how it sounds to me too. Maybe not always pompous, but certainly un-colloquial. It would sound out of place in casual speech, you'd get a feeling that the speaker is trying to be dramatic or eloquent or something like that. On the other hand, in a piece of literary writing or in a magazine article, something like "I have noticed a most interesting thing" may sound absolutely natural, depending on the author's general style.

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    thanks a bunch
    so, to conclude:
    it's better to use "most" than "very" in essays, but in everyday speech, I should go for "very", righty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamka
    thanks a bunch
    so, to conclude:
    it's better to use "most" than "very" in essays, but in everyday speech, I should go for "very", righty?
    The golden rule is, if you are not sure, choose a simpler or a stylisically neutral version .

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamka
    thanks a bunch
    so, to conclude:
    it's better to use "most" than "very" in essays, but in everyday speech, I should go for "very", righty?
    No. I'd suggest very in any instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamka
    thanks a bunch
    so, to conclude:
    it's better to use "most" than "very" in essays, but in everyday speech, I should go for "very", righty?
    It depends on the style of the essay. I can easily see it being used in some kind of opinionated piece to add a certain flavour (though what flavour I can't explain), in fact, I would probably use it myself in such a situation.

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    The word "most" means the best of something.

    That's the most I've seen out of you!
    I want that the "most"!

    It can also sometimes be replaced by the word "best" depending on the sentence you use.For example:

    Thats the "best" I've seen out of you!
    I like that the "best!"

    The other word means a little less best than total best.Do you understand???
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