LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||22/MAR/2010 10:41 PM|
|Assunto:||"best of" or "best in" the wo|
I have no grammar rule that I recall, but I hit the Google/One Look and did some reading and here goes my personal opinion (take it as a hunch, then. An educated guess...)
1. best restaurant in the world
From this piece of text, I gather that if you have ''more than one best'' a set of "best things" around, then you use OF. For example: Brazil has the best soccer players of the world. (sorry, I couldn´t help bragging about some!)
On the other hand, if you have a thing that is ''one of a kind'' (unique, being the only one) it will be ''in the world".
Here the grammar of it, has to do with plural countable nouns, technically, I mean. Someday I will master the grammar lingo and explain in its terms. But no right now. It´s open, to more advanced contributors, then.
1) This avenue is related to the Tango.
Here in the BBC´s blog, the suggested correction to a learner, but maybe it is a Brit. English thing.
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A unique, one of a kind.
Looks like the American people use best in the world as well, not a single OF THE WORLD in this document pdf.
Once more, in the world.
The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of ...
The best of the World´s classics, a group of classics then. Albeit the best ones.
Same as before.
Well, I am explaining about what seemed the correct way [grammatically, albeit I am playing by ear, by instinct...seeking a pattern here]
However, many native speakers will often use both ways (with both prepositions) to convey the message of "being unique/being one of a kind/the only one in the world...".
If so, mainly if it is in the middle of a conversation, why spoil the party? ignore your high expectations and the necessity of being right and enjoy the company, why not?
Hope it helps.
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