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Faintest idea #1 (permalink) Sun Jun 04, 2006 14:45 pm   Faintest idea
 

Common Errors in English, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #4 "Not the slightest idea", question 1

It's absolutely no good asking me. I haven't the smallest idea.

(a) absolutely
(b) good
(c) asking
(d) smallest

Common Errors in English, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #4 "Not the slightest idea", answer 1

It's absolutely no good asking me. I haven't the slightest idea.

Correct entry: slightest
The error was: (d) smallest

You have found the error but your entry is incorrect.
It's absolutely no good asking me. I haven't the faintest idea.
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Is it not ok to say "faintest" idea?
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Faintest idea #2 (permalink) Sun Jun 04, 2006 17:19 pm   Faintest idea
 

Hi

The word "faintest" would also be an excellent choice!

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Faintest idea #3 (permalink) Wed Apr 17, 2013 15:20 pm   Faintest idea
 

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Yankee, would be correct to say I HAVENīT DE MINIMUM IDEA?
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Faintest idea #4 (permalink) Wed Apr 17, 2013 16:20 pm   Faintest idea
 

no, that wouldn't be right.
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Faintest idea #5 (permalink) Thu Apr 18, 2013 17:56 pm   Faintest idea
 

I think "I haven't the foggiest idea" is ok too.

I reckon the reason why "slightest" is the correct choice (and "faintest/foggiest" is marked as wrong) is because "slightest" is related to "smallest".
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