than any of?

Is the following sentence constructions acceptable?

A is larger than any of B, C, or D.

For example:

Tokyo is larger than any of Kyoto, Osaka, or (and?) Hiroshima.

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  • 1 month ago
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    Tokyo is a larger city than Kyoto, Osaka or Hiroshima.

    or.

    The largest city out of Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima, is Tokyo.

  • 1 month ago

    yes, I believe it is acceptable. this is roughly the same as saying "any of these/those" but listing the items which "these" would typically represent via a statement elsewhere in the larger context. we have been discussinng the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima for the past 30 minutes, yet we have not mentioned Tokyo at all even though Tokyo is larger than any of those.

    One could simply say "Tokyo is larger than any of the cities of Kyoto (etc.)", and although it is a bit of a cut, you can even omit characterizing the individual entities as "cities": Tokyo is larger than any of Kyoto, etc. It goes without saying that they are cities.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No.

    Tokyo is larger than Kyoto, Osaka or Hiroshima.

    But you should specify in what way it is bigger. Population? Land area?

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In normal English it would be simply "A is larger than B, C, or D". That would certainly apply to Tokyo compared with other cities. Adding "any of" to that sentence might feel confusing.

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  • 1 month ago

    "If big is bigger than small, can big fit into small?"

  • 1 month ago

    To complicated, only wombats come here.

  • JOHN
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Tokyo is bigger than each of Kyoto, Osaka,and Hiroshima.

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