ESL and IELTS Help 4 U

“Most” or “Most of”

Posted on: August 13, 2010

Yes, grammar can be confusing.

A student’s question inspires this post.  It’s about the use of “most” and “most of.”

“Most” is used when we’re speaking generally.  It means the greater number of the largest grouping.

Most people like drinking coffee.

Most pandas live in the forest.

Most people are kind.

Most countries have financial problems these days.

However, if we want to be more specific and talk about a smaller group within a large group, then “most of” is correct.

Most of the people in Italy like drinking coffee.

Most of the pandas in China live in the forest.

Most of the people in Thailand are kind.

Most of the countries in Europe have financial problems these days.

And don’t forget: Most of the time, I like to sleep late.

Please also remember that when you use “most of” you will need an article:

the people

the pandas

the time

Enjoy your English study! Remember to have fun and relax — your two best learning tools!

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