Question : The Spanish athlete / run / fast / than the other runners

  1. The Spanish athlete ran more fastly than the other runners.
  2. The Spanish athlete ran faster than the other runners.

In my comparative adverb worksheet, my tutor said that the first sentence is the correct one, while it doesn't sound right to me. Is it wrong? And if it's not, is there any difference between the first and second sentence?

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    Your tutor is talking nonsense. Rans is not an English word, and neither is fastly. Dec 2, 2019 at 9:39
  • Edit your phrases
    – Asma MENAI
    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:51
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    If that's not a typo and your tutor really said "rans more fastly," get a new tutor.
    – TypeIA
    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:19
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    After you've edited the 'rans' to 'ran' it's still incorrect (or at the very least very clunky). 2 is the correct answer. Get a new tutor :) Dec 2, 2019 at 12:17

2 Answers 2


Fast is both an adverb and an adjective. The word "fastly" does not exist. With short adverbs that do not end in -ly comparative and superlative forms are identical to adjectives: add -er to form the comparative (e.g: faster, harder, later) and -est to form the superlative (e.g: fastest, hardest, latest). If the adverb ends in e, remove it before adding the ending.

This would be the right sentence:

The Spanish athlete ran faster than the other runners.

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The second sentence is definitely the correct one because rans is not an English word and you can't say fastly either. You could say ran instead of rans in the first sentence, but then fastly would still destroy the sentence.

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