Secondary surpass marking is especially preferred when the phrases referring to the topic, the standard and/or the domain of comparison are long. In such cases, primary surpass marking is avoided.
Mosálá óyo e-sál-ám-áká na eleko ya bakóko, e-zal-í moké ko-lek-a mosálá ya ndéngé mókó óyo e-zô-sál-ám-a leló
[work REL 3SG.INAN-do-PAST in era of ancestors, 3SG.INAN-be-PRS.PRF small INF-surpass-FV work of manner one REL 3SG.INAN-PRS.PROG-do-PASS-FV today]
'The work that was done in the times of our ancestors, is lighter than the same work done today'.