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He is most popular here.

He is the most popular here.

He is the most popular guy here.

Are they correct? Is an object needed in the second sentence? Is 'guy' omitted in the second sentence?

Thanks
LiJ
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Hi LiJ

English is very inexact with regard to the superlative. All sentences can be considered correct. Strictly speaking, the first one should mean: He is very/extremely popular here since "the" is missing. In other words, it's an absolute superlative. Cf.: That was most kind of you!

However, people often understand it to be a relative superlative, in which case the meaning is the same as that of No. 2. I have the impression that some native speakers avoid saying sentence 2; I hope they'll shed some light on this. There's certainly nothing ungrammatical about it.

I cannot envisage anyone objecting to No. 3 in any way.

Cheers
CB
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Cool BreezeHi LiJ

English is very inexact with regard to the superlative. All sentences can be considered correct. Strictly speaking, the first one should mean: He is very/extremely popular here since "the" is missing. In other words, it's an absolute superlative. Cf.: That was most kind of you!

However, people often understand it to be a relative superlative, in which case the meaning is the same as that of No. 2. I have the impression that some native speakers avoid saying sentence 2; I hope they'll shed some light on this. There's certainly nothing ungrammatical about it.

I cannot envisage anyone objecting to No. 3 in any way.

Cheers
CB
Thank you very much, CB. Emotion: smile

I understand.

Another example of absolute suprelative is:

The lake is deepest here.

Right?

Thanks
LiJ
LiveinjapanAnother example of absolute suprelative is:

The lake is deepest here.

Right?
No, because there is comparison in your sentence: the lake is being compared with itself. I don't think I know a term for this superlative at all. Perhaps someone else can help. To read more about superlatives, see Most fair or fairest?.

CB
Hi CB

I understand thanks to your in-depth tought. I think Finnish is amazing.

Thank you very much.
LiJ
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