The situatiion seems to be most/the most acute here.

Wookie

Senior Member
Korea, Korean
Hunger in this nation that has more cattle than people is now rampant, especially among the most vulnerable: the very young and the very old. The situation seems to be most acute here in the northwest, in working-class cities surrounded by rural areas. (SOURCE)

I wonder if "to be most acute" is correct.
I want to know why "to be the most acute" is not used.
 
  • Janey UK

    Senior Member
    Native speaker of British English
    Would both of these be correct, too?

    This is deepest point of this lake.
    This is the deepest point of this lake.
    No, only the second is correct. You definitely need the the for this sentence to make sense. This is the deepest point of this lake.

    In your original sentence, on the other hand, I think it sounds better to say:
    The situation is most acute here in the North...
    rather than "The situation is the most acute here in the North."
     
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