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Opon + NUM + neiexcept + SUP
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Superlatives may be premodified by an Adposition Phrase (PP) which refers to a position on an ordered list.

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Superlatives may be premodified by a PP which consists of the preposition opon, a numeral and the postposition neiexcept, after:

Example 1

a. Rintsje is [op ien / twa /... nei] it bêst
Rintsje is on one / two / ... after the best
Rintsje is second / third / ... best
b. De op ien nei bêste studint
the on one after best student
The second best student

The PP is separable from the superlative with which it is construed, regardless of whether a neuter superlative or a common gender superlative is involved, as shown in the examples below:

Example 2

a. [Op ien nei] is Rintsje it bêst
on one after is Rintsje the best
Rintsje is second best
b. [Op ien nei] is Rintsje de bêste
on one after is Rintsje the best.NE
Rintsje is second best

If the PP is part of the superlative constituent, it may precede or follow the article of a common superlative, but it may only precede the article of an neuter superlative. Relevant examples are shown below.

Example 3

NUM-PP may precede or follow the article of a common superlative
a. [Op ien nei it bêst] is Rintsje
on one after the.NG best is Rintsje
Rintsje is second best
b. ?[It op ien nei bêst] is Rintsje
the.NG on one after best is Rintsje
Rintsje is second best
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