1. He wants to become a good writer in the world.

2. He wants to become a good writer of the world.

3. He wants to become the best writer in the world.

4. He wants to become the best writer of the world.

Of 1 and 2, which is better? Of 3 and 4, which is better?

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Hi, Ruifeng,

"in/of the world" does not make sense to me in (1) and (2).  I'd just say:

5. He wants to become a good writer.

Or perhaps you want to say:

6. He wants to become a (good) world-class writer.

The situation changes if a superlative is used -- the adverbial specifies the limits of that superiority. We tend to use "of" to introduce a group and "in" to introduce a place. Thus, (3) is much better than (4). Now, see what happens if a group is used for reference:

7. He wants to become the best writer of his generation.

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