The Latin word melior He arrived in Spanish as best . He concept it is used to refer to what results higher to another element of the same class or condition.
For example: “This product is better because it offers greater performance than the other”, "In Myself opinion , Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo ”, "The specialized journalists agreed that the new album is the best album of the singer in his career".
Take the case of two detergents They are used to wash dishes. He detergent A have a price from 20 pesos and allows washing twenty dishes with 100 cubic centimeters . He detergent B instead it costs 35 pesos and barely wash twelve dishes with 100 cubic centimeters . It can be said, in this context, that the detergent A It's better than detergent B since it presents more convenient characteristics.
The preferential It can also be mentioned as better: "We better go first to buy the vegetable and then to the butcher shop, since the greengrocer closes earlier", "It is better not to talk about politics in family gatherings", "I was thinking of going to the bank tomorrow, but I better go today so I do the process as soon as possible".
In the field of sport and of art , it is usual that awards are given to those who are considered the best in their discipline. In the NBA , to cite a case, each season is chosen at Best Quintet : This ideal team is formed with the five best players of the year, one for each position. He Oscar award , as long as it is granted by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize the Best film , he Best Director , the Best actress and the Best Actor , among others.
First of all we must clarify that this term can be used with two different characters: comparative or superlative . When we have two or more objects and we want to indicate which of them we prefer, to say that it is "better than the others" indicates that there may still be one that exceeds it, but that perhaps we have not found it so far or that for different reasons we do not interest and we decided to keep this one.
The concept of superlative It is defined as an adjective that indicates "the highest degree of quality expressed." Therefore, if we use the word "better" with this character, the noun we qualify with it is insuperable , we do not conceive the existence of one that is above it. Although in both cases the appreciation is usually subjective , it can also result from a more or less accurate measurement.
When we evaluate two options and we choose one of them we usually say that "it is the best of the two", in addition to justifying our decision, since it arises from a comparison of its properties. Let's see some examples: "While both computers are very good, this one is better because it has more RAM and a more modern graphics card", "Erica has proven to be the best candidate for this position, since she has obtained perfect grades in all the tests and exceeds her classmates in intuition, technical knowledge and predisposition".
If, on the other hand, we give the term a superlative sense, there is usually a large subjective burden that ignores the technical issues: "I will not discuss it, she is the best singer in the world and always will be", "You are the best friend you could ever have". This does not mean that the issuer does not feel his words, but that there are probably better alternatives, although his feelings do not contemplate them; in a world where only the values exact, we could find a best singer comparing his skills and the quality of his bell with all of the planet, and the same would happen with his friend.