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    the more

    Can one say:

    a. Of the two competitors, the one will win who covers more distance.
    b. Of the two competitors, the one will win who covers the more distance.
    c. Of the two competitors, the one will win who covers the most distance.


    d. Of the three competitors, the one will win who covers more distance.
    e. Of the three competitors, the one will win who covers the more distance.
    f. Of the three competitors, the one will win who covers the most distance.


    I have been told that when we compare two things we cannot use the superlative but have to use 'the' plus the comparative (the bigger of the two). I wanted to see how that works in those sentences. I think (a) and (d) are both correct and (f) is correct too. I have doubts though. And I am not sure at all about the others. Logically (b) should be fine.
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    Re: the more

    Let us take each sentence in its full context.

    Of the two/three competitors, the one who will win will be the one who covers the most distance.

    Both (a) and (d) could be said but they are not the best grammar and sound awkward, particularly as we would normally use ' (the) greater distance'.
    (b) and (e) are wrong as they stand but if you exclude 'the' they are acceptable - covers more distance than the other.

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    Re: the more

    Thank you.

    How about (c) and (f).
    One could replace 'the most' with 'the greatest", but can the superlative be used when we are talking about two things?

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    Re: the more

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    Thank you.

    How about (c) and (f).
    One could replace 'the most' with 'the greatest", but can the superlative be used when we are talking about two things?
    Either 'the most' or 'the greatest' is suitable.
    (c) and (f) I have previously expanded to show what should be written, but both are used even though your example is truncated.
    Consider:
    Who will win? The one who covers the most/greatest distance (out of the two/three competing).
    Is there anything missing?

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