Take the 2-minute tour ×
Japanese Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Japanese language. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Let's say there is a 1km race, and here is the ranking:

A: 170 seconds
B: 301 seconds
C: 308 seconds
D: 312 seconds

We can say that A is fastest by a wide margin, because he was much faster than all other runners.

How to say fastest by a large margin in Japanese?

Adapting from ALC, I wrote 大幅に一番速い, but a Japanese colleague taught me that 大幅 and 一番 can not be used at the same time. She advised me to use only one or the other, but I feel that the idea I want to convey (much faster than all others) is lost.

share|improve this question
add comment

5 Answers

If you think about it 大幅に一番~ doesn't really make sense since 大幅 refers to a large span and 一番速い refers to the singular fastest. As such we need an expression that emphasizes the difference.

Looking at alc for some similar phrases, I found some stuff that might work. Checking "by a long shot" gives us the following:

大きく差をつけて、断然
・This one is better by a long shot. : こちらの品の方がはるかに良いです。

This seems appropriate to me for your situation. 大きく差をつけて makes perfect sense since we refer to an outstanding thing by saying 差がつく. 断然 also works with a meaning like "firmly" in terms of an extent or certainty. The example sentence uses はるかに, which you can also translate as being something like "a distant first."

share|improve this answer
2  
「一番早い」 means "earliest".「一番速い」 means "fastest". –  kinyo Oct 3 '13 at 14:54
2  
sorry, just a 変換ミス –  ssb Oct 4 '13 at 6:07
add comment

I think a more colloquial way is: 「彼は他の人よりも、めちゃくちゃ速かった。」 "He was absurdly faster than anyone else." But, writing "めちゃくちゃ" might be unnatural because there is so much kana. Spoken though, "めちゃくちゃ" sounds pleasant/natural in my opinion.

share|improve this answer
add comment

You can use ぶっちぎり, which kind of means "overwhelming" with a nuance of competition.

  • ぶっちぎりの速さでトップフィニッシュ
  • ぶっちぎりで優勝した

"Fastest by a large margin" would be ぶっちぎりの速さ.

share|improve this answer
add comment

How about 大差で【たいさで】? It looks like you could say:

  • 大差で勝つ      Win by a large margin
  • (誰かを)大差で破る Beat (someone) by a large margin 

(Examples adapted from ALC.)

Neither of these examples directly expresses fastest, though.

share|improve this answer
add comment

How about "ダントツの1位",or "ダントツの速さ"

Aさんはダントツの速さで勝ちました。

ダントツ=断然+トップ

so

ダントツの1位 = by far + the top + number one, so it will be a good choice if repetition is your style :-)

share|improve this answer
    
I felt I should add that 断トツの1位 is a redundant phrase (just like 一番最初 or まず初めに) that sounds unpleasant to some listeners. There are many redundant phrases in English, too, like "déjà vu all over again" and "old adage", though... ;) –  execjosh Feb 20 at 23:21
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.