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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:33:14 AM
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Hi,

Is the following sentence correct?

John ran to the hospital as fastest he could, but Peter had died.


I'd appreciate your help.
Hope123
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:46:08 AM

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Hi Raymond.

Close - but it would be 'as fast as' he could'.


raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:24:06 PM
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Hope123 wrote:
Hi Raymond.

Close - but it would be 'as fast as' he could'.




I modelled it on "as best he could."
Hope123
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:11:02 PM

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Ah, I see. You'd think that would make sense, wouldn't you? The only rule about English that remains always true is that there is an exception to every rule.

'As best he could' is an idiom that has been shortened even further. English speakers tend to be lazy Whistle and say things in the fewest words possible.

As best as (one) can - TFD idiom

You might even hear 'THE fastest' he could but 'fastest' is not a noun - yet. Not as far as I know anyhow. But who knows. Parts of speech become other parts of speech through usage.
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