Casey
Professional Teacher
"Be Best" - not correct?

According to grammar experts from the Guardian, Melanie Trump's initiative, "Be Best", might be grammatically incorrect.


“Be Best” just so plainly doesn’t hold up to the laws of English grammar, which require that a superlative adjective following an imperative verb be preceded by the definite article “the”. Be good – be better – be the best: that’s the rule.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/08/be-best-melania-trump-initiative-grammatical-flaw?CMP=fb_gu


Any thoughts?

May 9, 2018 9:50 PM
Comments · 7
Be best. Be bester. Be the bestest.
May 11, 2018
I love that expression, “The laws of English grammar”, as if English was an invented language and native speakers learned to speak it by learning the “laws of grammar.” What are they talking about? That’s NOT the way it works.  In any event, it seems like a lot to do about nothing. Adding the “the” in there makes the phrase meaningful, true. It sounds like a typo or just an odd expression someone invented. Without the “the” added, I wasn’t even sure myself what “Be Best” was supposed to mean. 
May 11, 2018
I love her.
May 11, 2018
Don't you recognize satire when you see it?
May 10, 2018
Yes. One should say, the best, the greatest, the finest.., if you exhort someone to do their best, in the context you mention. (with 'the').
May 9, 2018
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