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Returns the n maximum elements from the provided list. If n is greater than or equal to the provided list's length, then return the original list (sorted in descending order).

Use sorted() to sort the list, [:n] to get the specified number of elements. Omit the second argument, n, to get a one-element list.

def max_n(lst, n=1):
  return sorted(lst, reverse=True)[:n]