I would like to know an equivalent word for "by far" in Mandarin, when it comes to the superlative degree (最~).

For example:


In this sentence, it just means 最多, while it does not mention the degree of it. It might be 40%, or 25%, or 79%. It is natural to say it is "最多" as it is the first reason here, but it is unclear if it is "by far" or "barely ahead of the second".

But when the first choice consists of 79% while the second one is just 9%, I would rather like to use "by far" or its equivalent word to emphasize it.

The Chinese grammar wiki's section on superlative 最 does not mention the emphasis.

Does this kind of word or expression exist in Mandarin?

  • 但是第一个理由占绝大多数
    – fefe
    Jun 7, 2018 at 7:13
  • You can look at 大幅 as well, but I feel like this is haggling over semantics, rather than focusing on emphasis, especially if we’re talking about colloquial Chinese.
    – Mou某
    Jun 7, 2018 at 7:58
  • as e.g. iciba shows "superlative + by far" usually corresponds to merely 最+形容词,to indicate wide margin iciba has "by a substantial margin" 以相当大的优势, "by a wide margin" 大幅度,以较大的差距,以很大差距
    – user6065
    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:01

2 Answers 2


In Chinese, the equivalent of by far could be 远超 or 遥遥领先. You can put in your context:

但是第一个理由远超 其它(两个)。




I would say:




Using "絕大多數" or "主要" as an adv with "是" to describe the choice consisting of 80% or so sounds more natural.

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