I have a confusion;

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

  • 1
    Welcome to the ell. Please click on the edit icon to include the context.
    – Cardinal
    Aug 17, 2017 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.
    – user3395
    Aug 17, 2017 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. Aug 17, 2017 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).
    – user3395
    Aug 17, 2017 at 13:42

1 Answer 1


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.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .