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Sentence Correction: Comparatives - Superlatives

The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for $149.7 million.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The superlative form, indicated here by the use of the word most, must be preceded by the word the. In this sentence, most devastating event in recorded human history is preceded by a.

Additionally, the Superlative form requires that the group under comparison be defined. However, this answer choice does not provide information about the group of which the painting entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive.

In order for this Superlative to be complete, this group must be defined.

This sentence compares one painting to all the other paintings ever sold. When comparing one thing to 3 or more items (rather than to another thing), the superlative form the most should be used. This answer choice, however, uses the comparative form more.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The Superlative form, indicated here by the use of the words the most, requires that the group under comparison be defined. However, this answer choice does not provide information about the group of which the painting entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive.

In order for this Superlative to be complete, this group must be defined.

Although this answer choice is grammatically correct, the omission of the words abstract expressionist piece results in some meaning loss as in the original sentence it gives us information about the style of the painting.

Do not automatically choose the shortest answer choice. Make sure that shorter answers express the same meaning that's been stated in the original sentence. If they don't, they're probably incorrect.

Good work!

The original sentence uses the correct format of the Superlative (the most) while including a definition of the group being compared (painting ever sold).

The most expensive painting ever sold is the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for $149.7 million

The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is the most expensive painting, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for $149.7 million

Sold in 2006 by David Geffen for $149.7 million, the abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, is a most expensive painting

The abstract expressionist piece that was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for $149.7 million making it the more expensive painting ever sold

The most expensive painting ever sold was created by artist Jackson Pollock entitled No. 5, 1948, and was sold in 2006 by David Geffen for $149.7 million