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Most is the superlative of much and many.

When most has the superlative meaning, we use the before it.

However, the can be dropped when most simply means the majority of.

Before a pronoun, a geographical name or a noun with a determiner, we use most of.

We use most before a noun or a noun phrase without a determiner.

Points to be noted

Most is the superlative of much. In comparisons when most has a superlative meaning we normally use it with the.

However, the can be dropped when there is no idea of comparison.

See also

Do and make
Make: special uses
Words ending in -man
May / might ...but
Maybe and may be
Misplace and displace
Much and many
Must in questions and negatives

Just, already and yet

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