of or in

Hi, Dwishiren,

I'd say that both are correct.

When I explain superlative to my students, I usually tell them that "of" is preferred if reference is made to a group, while "in" is preferred if reference is made to time or place.

Therefore, we have:

- Betty is the smartest of (also: among) all the students in this class.

In your sentence, "It was the happiest day of / in my life," "my life" could be considered a number of days (out of which that was the happiest day) or a period of time (during which that was the happiest day).
Both work, but the first is much more frequent, including in published books listed at GB:

"happiest day of my life"
About 192,000 results

"happiest day in my life"
About 12,000 results

and this is what I'd use in a test.

The first emphasizes belonging to the sequence of days making up his/her life, the second shows that very day inserted/embedded in that sequence.
Gustavo,

Why don't you read the continuation to the message?

Also, I assume the OP question was raised before a test, and I will provide whatever I think best supports my argument. The student will hopefully memorize the advice and use it if she wishes at the time of the test.

Not to speak of the fact that by following my search links the students can see patterns used by some of the best writers, much better than they could get from someone else?
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Why don't you read the continuation to the message?

Also, I assume the OP question was raised before a test, and I will provide whatever I think best supports my argument. The student will hopefully memorize the advice and use it if she wishes at the time of the test.

Not to speak of the fact that by following my search links the students can see patterns used by some of the best writers , much better than they could get from someone else?


Marius, you don't need to be aggressive, in particular with your last ironic phrase, which I find rather offensive. I am, just like you, a non-native speaker and am well aware of my limitations, but just want and hope to be of help.

I wrote what I wrote before you posted the continuation to your original message. I was not criticizing your use of Google statistics, but just suggesting that relying on other parameters could be more beneficial. Then you wrote the continuation to your original message which only referred to Google statistics.

Of course you are free to provide whatever evidence you think best supports your arguments. You are working hard for our forum and we are on the same ship, so I think being rude is unnecessary and unfair.

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