Superlatives and the Word THE
Are both these sentences correct?
(a) I get up earliest in my family.
(b)I get up the earliest in my family.
As far as I have learned, the article "the" can be omitted when an adverb's form is in superlatives.
On the exam at school, a teacher did not accept (a). I asked her why, but she simply answered that it is not the right way to express this sentence in superlative forms.
Is this opinion really correct?
I am confused…