most interesting

a. Most interesting was what we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris.

b. What was most interesting was what we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris.

c. What we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris was most interesting.

In which case:

  1. 'Most' means 'extremely

and in which case:

  1. We have a real superlative

Can one say

a. The most interesting was what we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris.

b. What was the most interesting was what we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris.

c. What we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris was the most interesting.

?

Many thanks.

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Hello, Azz,

In your first set of sentences (a) to (c) (next time, please use different letters if you provide new examples within the same thread), I think "most interesting" can only mean "extremely interesting."

The superlative will require the pronoun "one," a generic noun like "thing" (or "person"), or the presence in the immediately preceding context of a noun which might be considered to be implicit in the sentence that follows, for example:

A: What was the most interesting thing you saw during your stay in Paris?

B: The most interesting (thing we saw) was what we saw on the fifth day of our stay in Paris.

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