a confusion in a sentence between the superlative and comparative form


I have a confusion;

Do we say "one of the largest players" or "one of the larger players"?

miss mimi

Posted 2017-08-17T11:24:25.100

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1Welcome to the ell. Please click on the edit icon to include the context. – Cardinal – 2017-08-17T11:30:29.747

Either, depending on what you want to say. Larger means relatively large; largest means, metaphorically, at or near the top of the ladder. – None – 2017-08-17T11:37:06.230

What about the presence of "the"? I think that the largest is the correct one, but I found in some writings "the larger", so I am asking if there are exceptions. – miss mimi – 2017-08-17T11:55:23.287

The would be usual there, but I don't know whether it's mandatory. Swan does say that after one of a noun phrase must have a determiner (e.g., the). – None – 2017-08-17T13:42:44.193



It depends on context.

If you were referring to a group of tall players, you might say:

He is one of the largest players.

But if you were referring to a full range of players from short to tall, you might say:

He is one of the larger players.


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