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# Incorrect: Whent I was younger, I was most frightened of

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14 May 2012, 10:18
Incorrect: Whent I was younger, I was most frightened of dogs

Correct: When I was younger, I was more frightened of dogs

I feel that correct answer is most frightened of dogs, because most is superlative degree and it suits perfect here. Can you please clear my confusion

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16 May 2012, 10:58
milapshah wrote:
Incorrect: Whent I was younger, I was most frightened of dogs

Correct: When I was younger, I was more frightened of dogs

I feel that correct answer is most frightened of dogs, because most is superlative degree and it suits perfect here. Can you please clear my confusion

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Take a look at the meaning here. "When I was younger" - implies you are comparing current conditions with conditions when you were younger. Since you're simply comparing two time periods - "more frightened" is more appropriate.

On the other hand, if you said that among ages 3, 5, 15, and 19 --- you were "most frightened" of dogs at the age of 5..then that makes more sense.

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16 May 2012, 13:26
Correct: Whent I was younger, I was most frightened of dogs.

Incorrect: When I was younger, I was more frightened of dogs

I think you are right, Milap. Sentence # 2 is incorrect because when using comparative degree, you should have something to compare it with e.g. "I was more frightened of dogs than of cats".

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26 May 2012, 07:40
It is not a superlartive, so you would only be more, not most, unless you were comparing it to a third time.
Re: Comparison   [#permalink] 26 May 2012, 07:40
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# Incorrect: Whent I was younger, I was most frightened of

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