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# choice of results

## choice of results

(OP)
When you have to choose between/among some results

1 - R1 or R2 , whichever is greater (this sentence is OK) but

2 - R1, R2, R3 or R4 , whichever is......????

Thanks

Roberto (from Italy)

### RE: choice of results

greatest?

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”
-Dalai Lama XIV

### RE: choice of results

We were always taught that "between" was for two things, "greater" and "lesser" compared them. "among" was for more than two things, "greatest" and "least" compared them.

- Steve

### RE: choice of results

(OP)
for my knowledge there are two possibility :

1 : whichever is greatest

2 : whichever is the greatest

(I prefere the 2nd)

Roberto

### RE: choice of results

would you say "whicheve is the greater" comparing two items? there's a thread on the usage of "the".

in this case i don't think "the" in 2) adds anything to the message and would opt for 1).

of course you could opt for the mathematical version MAX(R1, R2, R3, ...)

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

### RE: choice of results

"the greatest of R1, R2, R3, R4."

### RE: choice of results

Use the comparative form (greater) when comparing two items; use the superlative form (greatest) when comparing three or more items.

2 - R1, R2, R3, or R4 , whichever is greatest.

Good Luck
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As a circle of light increases so does the circumference of darkness around it. - Albert Einstein

### RE: choice of results

How about "largest"? Or "highest value"? Or "greatest value"?

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### RE: choice of results

"value" confuses the issue for me ... do you mean absolute value ?

"largest" is simply the largest magnitude (-ve is always less than +ve).

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

### RE: choice of results

My own experience in standards work shows the use of 'greater/greatest' and 'higher/highest' with no particular preference for one or the other. The same applies to the less commonly found 'smaller/smallest' and lower/lowest'

I'm afraid we have to live with the term 'value'. I accept that out of context 'greatest value' can have a double meaning but this ought not to be the case in a specification or test report.

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