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Re: I came in late.

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Date:Saturday, July 24, 1999, 22:13
Dans un courrier dat=E9 du 24/07/99 21:09:35  , Nik a =E9crit :

> It sounds to me like _ichiban_ is equivalent to _most_, the only > difference being that _most_ has no literal meaning, while _ichiban_ > does.
no. ichiban is retrospective absolute (ranking). most is prospective relative, i.e. superlative. japanese : here is A and there is B. now we'll tell what tall is. A is tall (relative). and now we rank A first (absolute). english : here is tall A and there is tall B. now we'll tell what is taller. A is taller (absolute). and now let's see around us : A is tallest (relative). Mathias