Is the phrase ‘all the very best’ correct?

  • Is the phrase ‘all the very best’ correct?

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    It’s not technically grammatically correct, however it is an English idiom (at least for some English speaking peoples).

    Usually you will hear it said in the way:

    “All the very best to you!”

    The ‘very best’ being: ‘best wishes’ or ‘best of health’, ‘best of luck’ etc.


    Or, you might hear someone say:

    “We only sell all the very best (quality of) products / services available.”

    It’s hyperbole. But it’s understood as a way of describing something that is ‘top of the range’ or ‘best of the best’

    i.e. As high quality as is possible to achieve – whether that is theoretical (such as customer service) or something tangible (like the quality of a product purchased).

    Not in formal English. It’s like saying “this is the most unique thing I’ve ever seen”. ‘Unique’ cannot have any comparative degrees, and ‘best’ is superlative in itself.

    But in informal English, yes. I’ve been guilty of saying “the bestest of luck to you” and “ have the bestest birthday ever”.

    Anyone who knows the rules of grammar isn’t going to take offense at your words

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    This is a very common usage that is however not grammatically correct. Best is already a superlative; there cannot therefore be a “very best”. But it is used to emphasise the nature of being really good by adding a superlative to a superlative!.Like a lot of people say “I will give 110 %”. You cannot give more than hundred out of hundred.

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    “I wish you all the best” is correct. Words like “best” are superlative—this means they indicate the highest degree of something. Words like this—most, best, nicest, coldest, etc.—indicate the singular.

    Your confusion may be because in the case of “all the best,” this superlative may feel like it is being used as a noun. You could say “I wish you all the oranges” or “I wish you all the trees”. Notice in these cases, you are wishing someone the plural because you are wishing them “all” of them, so it would be plural.

    So why would you not wish them “all the bests”? Because the word “best” here is an adjective with a missing noun. You are wishing someone all the best…things. All the best days. All the best love. All the best sleep. All the best beer. All the best everything. So best, as an adjective, has no “s” at the end.

    All the best is an expression which suggests that the speaker wishes everything good for the listener.

    Best of luck means that the speaker wishes that luck would always be in favour of the listener.

    Therefore, there is no difference in so far as their implications or aim.

    You can say these to a person before he or she embarks on an ordeal, for instance an adventure, exam, or a new beginning.

    It is just a personal preference which makes a person choose one over the other.


    Thanking Limbani Ankit for the query —

    What is the difference between “all the best” and “best of luck”, and where do we use both?

    Good luck:-)

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    “Have a great life, unless you’ve made other plans.”

    This makes people curious and amused, but there is a true depth in this saying. It stresses out, that our life is a choice we made every day and every moment. You show the person wished upon, that you respect their individual choice. Maybe someone sometimes doesn’t want the best. The person might want to try some of the worse or even the worst choices. Or life without a luck. Because sometimes we all need this. Quiet “me” moment after being several days among many friends and other people. Some bad luck or rainy days, so we can really appreciate the luck we had all the time.

    So:

    Have a great life, unless you’ve made other plans.

    1. “All the best, everyone”
    2. “All the best to everyone”

    As mentioned by the others, both are correct; yet they slightly differ in function. To make it easy to understand, just replace everyone with a specific person we call Jimmy. Let’s also use the complete expression:

    1. I wish you all the best, Jimmy!” = You are talking directly to Jimmy. (He has to be in the room.)
    2. “I wish all the best to Jimmy!” = You are talking indirectly about Jimmy. (Whether he is in the room or not, you can use this.)

    Having understood this, go back to addressing “everyone”. I think you will now feel the slight difference between the two.

    Not correct. Some other choices are:

    Wishing you all the best things in life.

    Wishing the best things in life for you.

    I wish all the best for you in life

    I wish you the best.

    I’m wishing the best for you.

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    Which is right: “Wish you all the best for your exam” or “Wish you all the best in your exam”?

    Actually, they are both correct in British English. I, at first, thought ‘in’ was a little strange, but now think it is excellent.

    “Wish you all the best in your exam” makes me think you are wishing that everything inside the exam conditions goes well: the questions, the journey, the adjudicators and the environment (room, etc.) It is more detailed, or makes the hearer think more of the details than the one using ‘for’.

    You can also use ‘with’ or ‘on’ too.

    Best of luck with your exam’ is also fine, and is probably used more often in speech.

    I feel ‘All the best for your future endeavours.’ is a standard expression and good enough for all practical purposes.

    However, since asked I am trying to coin some alternative phrases:

    1. For whatever you strive, may you always thrive!

    2. Wish you happy endings forever!

    3. May all your forays be greeted with smiles always!

    Hope it helps 🙂

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    People say it all the time, but it’s not grammatically correct. If something is “the best,” then adding “very,” to it adds nothing. One can be good. One can be better. One can be the best. Something can be “very good.” Something can be, “very much better,” but once you’re the “best,” that’s kind of it.

    I’ve also heard “Best” used as a group thing. Like, “Larry was a fast runner. He was among the best.” In that usage he could be the fastest or the “very best,” of that group, but you’d have to do some expository work to explain that you had a group of the best instead of having a single best.

    Mostly, “Very best,” is just sloppy. Like “Very unique.” Unique suggests singleness so adding ‘very,” is redundant or suggests you were using “unique,” incorrectly.

    Well, in terms of grammar, it would be better to say, “the very best so that…”.

    It’s not so much grammatically wrong as it is too wordy and awkward. Tom Borkowski is correct in that is shows you are not a native speaker of English.

    You could say, “I wish you all the very best in your work”. There is no need to use “very” twice and it is understood that you hope they do well at work or whatever the task is.

    Keep things short and simple wherever possible.

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