"Most basest"

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Sheikh_14

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English- United Kingdom, Urdu, Punjabi
Dear Foreros'.

I was wondering if you could use an intensifier like most with words that already denote the nth degree of an act i.e. basest, meanest, etc?

Could you, therefore, say that he was indulging in the most basest of his fantasies or would the most always be deemed inappropriate and redundant?

Best Regards,
Sheikh
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    That's good advice, as always, from boozer.

    You may find examples of most + superlative in older English texts, but we no longer use it. It would sound like a small child speaking. This is the most best present Father Christmas ever bringed me. ;)
     

    sound shift

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    English - England
    Yes, "most basest" would most probably be seen as a mistake and not as creative use of language, particularly as ["more" + comparative (e.g. "more finer")] is now a commonly-heard error (at least in BrE).
     
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