Reply to "superlative"

ruifeng posted:

1. He completed the test most quickly in our class.

2.  He completed the test the most quickly in our class.

3. He completed the test the quickest in our class.

Which are the correct choices?

Hi, Ruifeng: Sorry for the delay. The awkwardness of your sentences was a bit of a turn-off at first, and then your question slid down the page. Now that I've returned to your question, I see the source of the awkwardness. The problem is that your sentences all correctly express where or in what circumstances he (habitually) completed the test (the) quickest / most quickly, whereas you are SURELY trying to say something else, something that is expressed by sentences such as the following:

4. He completed the test more quickly than (did) anyone else in our class.

5. He completed the test quicker than anyone else in our class.

6. He completed the test the quickest of anyone in our class.

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