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    Hi
    In the following sentence, the compound adjective of the bold part is 'high-priced'. Could you tell me why we can't use 'highly-priced'? For instance, highly-paid or highly-strung. Should it be learned by heart or has it got a rule?

    Those cars are a very high price.

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    Default Re: high-priced or higly-priced

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    In the following sentence, the compound adjective of the bold part is 'high-priced'. Could you tell me why we can't use 'highly-priced'? For instance, highly-paid or highly-strung. Should it be learned by heart or has it got a rule?

    Those cars are a very high price. This is unnatural.
    Thanks a lot.
    "Those cars are very highly priced."
    "Those cars are at a very high price."
    Can you see the difference?

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    Default Re: high-priced or higly-priced

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Those cars are very highly priced."
    "Those cars are at a very high price."
    Can you see the difference?
    Thanks bhai, honestly the sentence sounded odd to me at first, but as I found it in an English book by an English writer (advanced vocabulary and idiom by BJ Thomas) I thought I shouldn't doubt it (so there was a word missing there). Thanks.
    By the way, I don't see a difference between the two sentences. Could you help me get it?
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    Default Re: high-priced or higly-priced

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,

    1. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (1993, page 224) says:

    "One spot where high and highly do seem interchangeable is before the participial adjective priced (a high-priced/ a highly priced car)."

    2. Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (1989, page 503) says:

    "[Roy H.] Copperud [who wrote a book on "good" English in] 1970 expresses a preference for high-priced over highly priced."

    3. I googled "highly priced cars." I was unable to find one result. It seems that "everybody" uses "high-priced cars."

    *****

    Therefore, it seems that "Rich people drive high-priced cars" is more idiomatic (the way native speakers use their

    language) than is "Rich people drive highly priced cars."


    James

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