Contributed by Bruce McCutcheon



Favorite & Best

Many students get a bit confused when using these words. Although their meanings are similar, they are not the same.

For example, consider these two questions:

1. Who is your favorite actor?

2. Who is the best actor?


A good answer might be:

"My favorite actor is Jim Carey - he's so funny! But the best actor is Jonny Depp - he can play so many different roles."


Your favorite actor is the one who you like the most.

The best actor is the one who many people think has the best skills.


Another example:

"I'm from Osaka so my favorite baseball team is the Tigers. But this year, I think the Giants have the best team."