I have a confusion;

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

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    Welcome to the ell. Please click on the edit icon to include the context. – Cardinal Aug 17 '17 at 11:30
  • Either, depending on what you want to say. Larger means relatively large; largest means, metaphorically, at or near the top of the ladder. – userr2684291 Aug 17 '17 at 11:37
  • 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 Aug 17 '17 at 11:55
  • 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). – userr2684291 Aug 17 '17 at 13:42

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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