Do You See What I See?

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  • #346944

    sherryherrod263
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    “… from the most unlikeliest of depths… “

    Is the phrase grammatically correct? Is there something else ‘wrong’ with it that makes me grind my teeth and I don’t know why?

  • #655896

    Anonymous

    It’s the “most” with the “est”. Might as well have written “from the mostest unlikely of depths”.

  • #655897

    jIPPity
    Participant

    How about simply: “from the most unlikely depth”?

    –Warren

  • #655898

    Anonymous

    wdarcy wrote:
    > How about simply: “from the most unlikely depth”?
    >
    > –Warren

    Yeah, that’s the correct way.

  • #655899

    sherryherrod263
    Participant

    Would you believe that line is a direct quote from a professional journal for writers?

  • #655900

    Anonymous

    MikePhillip wrote:
    > Would you believe that line is a direct quote from a professional journal
    > for writers?

    Doesn’t surprise me. Just another example of why writers have to take advice as just that – advice – and not the Gospel.

  • #655901

    sherryherrod263
    Participant

    Here’s one I saw this morning. Headline: “In Rwandan Mass Graves, Clothing Is One Of The Only Ways To Identify Dead”.

    “Only” in this sense, to me, screams “exclusivity” so it should read, “… Clothing is One of the “Few Ways”… “

  • #655902

    khwybebm50
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    MikePhillip wrote:
    > “… from the most unlikeliest of depths… “
    >
    > Is the phrase grammatically correct? Is there something else ‘wrong’ with
    > it that makes me grind my teeth and I don’t know why?

    I can see what you’re getting at, and in some stories/genres that phrasing is likely perfect for what a writer-storyteller’s trying to convey. However, pulled out from the larger picture of a story’s context and to your point specifically, after a university writing class with William Brohaugh’s book WriteTight as the foundation of if it, I’m thinking he’d classify use of “…most unlikeliest..: as redundant or wordy. It’s either ‘…the unlikeliest…” or it’s not, basically, IMO, further qualifying a word such as unlikeliest would essentially be unnecessary as it defines itself.

  • #655903

    cypher
    Participant

    Unless it is said by a character who always speaks that way, e.g., “a circular sphere'”. I read that in a story recently. 🙁

  • #655904

    minervabarunga
    Participant

    I can’t help but wonder if depth here is in the nautical sense, or something else. Always helps to see the complete context.

  • #655905

    Anonymous

    TheContemplativeWordsmith wrote:
    > I can’t help but wonder if depth here is in the nautical sense, or
    > something else. Always helps to see the complete context.

    I’m not sure it makes any difference as far as the “most unlikeliest” – something is either the ‘most unlikely’ or the ‘unlikeliest’.

  • #655906

    margery65w
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    MikePhillip wrote:
    > “… from the most unlikeliest of depths… “
    >
    > Is the phrase grammatically correct?

    Officially it is bad grammar.

    It may be used for emphasis. But only in informal situations could it get a pass.

    Or it may be like my 3 year old who said that something was ‘more better’.
    Logical yes , but incorrect grammatically.

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