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1. Our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the highest paid head of government, more than five times the remuneration of US president Barack Obama.
2. Our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, whose remuneration is more than five times that of US president Barack Obama, is the highest paid head of government.
Is there anything wrong with the first sentence, especially the part in bold? I think the second sentence is fine.
Thanks in advance.
Many thanks for pointing out the error in the first sentence and the missing capital P in president.
I agree with you.
You are indeed very helpful.
With warmest wishes
"highest paid" - NYTimes.com Search
Our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the highest-paid head of government, (with) more than five times the remuneration of US President Barack Obama.
The following compound adjectives are not normally hyphenated:
Where there is no risk of ambiguity:
"a Sunday morning walk"
Left-hand components of a compound adjective that end in -ly that modify right-hand components that are past participles (ending in -ed):
"a hotly disputed subject"
"a greatly improved scheme"
"a distantly related celebrity"
Compound adjectives that include comparatives and superlatives with more, most, less or least:
"a more recent development"
"the most respected member"
"a less opportune moment"
"the least expected event"
Ordinarily hyphenated compounds with intensive adverbs in front of adjectives:
"very much admired classicist"
"really well accepted proposal"
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This is what Texas Law Review Manual of Style says about using the hyphen to create a compound word:We have three types of compounds: open compounds (e.g. Central American Integration System), closed compounds (goldfish), and hyphenated compounds (well-written).the highest [paid members]When two or more words are combined to form a modifier immediately preceding a noun, join the words by hyphens if doing so will significantly aid the reader in recognizing the compound adjective. One way to decide if a hyphen is necessary is to see if the phrase might be ambiguous without it.
The tallest [paid members]
the [highest paid] members
No ambiguity, no hyphen. However, this is not always true. Exceptions exist to give us hell.
Did you follow the wording of the Texas-law quote properly? It makes mention of compound words; it makes no mention of the word classes of the constituent words in a compound. The necessary and sufficient criterion for a compound to qualify as a compound adjective is that it modifies a noun. Concomitant with the criterion is the fact that the head of a compound adjective is an adjective. The head adjective can be modified by an adjective that functions as an adverb or an adverb.
In 'distantly related celebrity,' 'distantly related' modifies a noun, and this is a necessary and sufficient criterion for 'distantly related' to classify as a compound adjective. It means 'distantly related' is indeed an open-compound adjective.
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