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    #1

    He was the strongest [man] to take part

    Hi,

    - He was the strongest man to take part in this competition.

    I would like to ask if I can omit 'man' in the sentence above? I think it can be omitted because the sentence is still clear without 'man'.Am I right?

    - He was the strongest to take part in this competition.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: He was the strongest [man] to take part

    If there were only men in the competition, you could probably do that.

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    #3

    Re: He was the strongest [man] to take part

    Even if there were women, the word 'He' can show that the person was a man/boy. Am I wrong?

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    #4

    Re: He was the strongest [man] to take part

    Possibly.

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    #5

    Re: He was the strongest [man] to take part

    There could be strong men and strong women taking part in the competition.

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    #6

    Re: He was the strongest [man] to take part

    Not in all competitions.

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    #7

    Re: He was the strongest [man] to take part

    In a competition, the strongest woman could be even stronger than the strongest man, so 'He was the strongest man' was different from 'He was the strongest'.
    Is it possible?

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    #8

    Re: He was the strongest [man] to take part

    Yes. It all depends on the context.

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