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Dear Ted:

Is it possible to use "a cut above the rest" as a compound adjective?

If so, would you please give me some examples?

BTW, is it correct to call  "a-cut-above-the-rest" a "compound adjective"?

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is it possible to use "a cut above the rest" as a compound adjective?

*** NO, it is not.  And, I have never seen it hyphenated.

*** Jim is a cut above the rest of the students.

Jim = subject
is = linking verb
cut = predicate nominative [or noun]
above the rest = adjectival prepositional phrase, modifying "cut"
of the students = adjectival prepositional phrase, modifying "rest"

If so, would you please give me some examples?

BTW, is it correct to call  "a-cut-above-the-rest" a "compound adjective"?

**** NO

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Ted

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