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azz
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 1:25:31 AM
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Can one write
a. A group of not highly-qualified prisoners were forced to do the work in bad weather.
b. A group of prisoners not highly-qualified were forced to do the work in bad weather.
c. A group of prisoners, not highly-qualified, were forced to do the work in bad weather.

d. A man, not six feet tall, walked into our bookshop.
e. A man, not six-foot tall, walked into our bookshop.

?

Do (d) and (e) mean that the man was shorter than six feet?

Many thanks.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 2:49:04 AM

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Not highly-qualified = poorly-qualified.


But that doesn't mean what you think.
It means they were not qualified for that work.

It does not describe their educational level.

A man with an MBA is not highly qualified to dig ditches!

You need to be more specific in what aspect you are describing.
Pandion haliaetus
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 4:46:41 AM

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thar wrote:
Not highly-qualified = poorly-qualified.


But that doesn't mean what you think.
It means they were not qualified for that work.

It does not describe their educational level.

A man with an MBA is not highly qualified to dig ditches!

You need to be more specific in what aspect you are describing.


At that, for the reasons like these, there's an apt navy term: a non-qual (-ified).
Parpar1836
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:25:20 PM
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A group of prisoners, although physically unfit for such work, was forced to do it in bad weather.

A man of average height (well under six feet tall) walked into our bookshop. I'd estimate that he was maybe 5'7" tall.
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