The person I admire most

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My father is my real hero, the person I admire most.

I can’t understand the bold part. What kind of grammatical structure it has? Why do the writer use “ comma”?

Is that equivalent to the following?
My father is my real hero, who is the person I admire most
 

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I can’t understand the bold part. What kind of grammatical structure does it have? Why does the writer use a comma?

See the right way to form a question above. Also note that we use quotation marks to mark quoted words, not for emphasis.
 

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I suppose, the following makes better sense. What are your ideas?

My father, the person I admire most, is my real hero.

The person I admire most, my father is my real hero.
 

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I think it doesn't "rename"(gives a new name) the noun as such, but provides more information on the noun.
 

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I suppose (no comma) the following makes better sense. What are your ideas?

My father, the person I admire most, is my real hero.

The person I admire most, my father, is my real hero.
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You are using a relative clause with reference to the head noun, "father". My own research into Chinese grammar (relative clauses do not exist there) has shown that relative clauses semantically work like attributive adjectives or modifying structures in general - at least in Chinese. Semantically, it is most likely the same for English.
 
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In English (not in Chinese), a relative clause is an adjective clause modifying the antecedent, as in
the following example:
I agree with Hunia.

I don't think the following is correct:
My father is my real hero, who is the person I admire most

The following are most likely to be correct:
My father, who is the person I admire most, is my real hero.
The person I admire most, my father is my real hero.
 
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I would say 'My father, the person I admire most, is my real hero.'
 
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