Most vs. Least

'Most' and 'least' are two terms that are completely different from each other. Let us start learning.

What Are Their Main Differences?

When it comes to meaning, 'most' means the largest amount or number, while 'least' means the smallest amount or number.

Differences

When to Use Most?

  • 'Most':

is used as a determiner before countable and uncountable nouns. In this case 'most' is the superlative form of 'much' and 'many'.

Most dresses on this show are made of silk.

I wish I get the most opportunities this year.

  • 'Most':

is used to make superlative forms of longer adjectives and the majority of adverbs.

My mother is the most beautiful woman.

Being accepted on this test is the most important thing for me at the moment.

They did it the most carefully, there is no way to be a problem there.

When to Use Least?

  • 'Least':

is used as a determiner before countable and uncountable nouns. In this case 'least' is the superlative form of 'little' and 'few'.

We try to waste the least water, while watering the plants. → determiner

She got the least marks in the class during the year. → determiner

  • 'Least':

is used to make superlative forms of longer adjectives and the majority of adverbs.

The least favorite job of mine is to babysit.

'' They are not guilty'' She said the least doubtfully.

What about Using a Noun Phrase or Pronoun after Most and Least?

  • 'Most of' and 'least of':

is used before noun phrases and pronouns.

Leave them alone most of them are juniors trying to have fun.

Believe me; being in a baby shower party is the least of my worries now.

At Least as an Idiom

At least refers to a minimum number or amount, meaning 'no less than'.

You are supposed to write at least 5 examples to get the whole mark.

At least nine of you are going to be doctors.

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