I think you can write sentences like "He was towering above me."

But can you write: "He was towering and good-looking."?

Why or why not?

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"He was towering above me."

In that case it is being used as a verb.

"He was towering and good-looking."

When using it like this, if you want an official stance on the legality, it's listed in the Oxford Learner's Dictionary as acting as an adjective only before a noun.

To play it safe and sound like legal English, you could say "He was a towering and good-looking man." Even though it's not immediately before the noun, it modifies the noun "man".

If you're taking liberties with language--writing a song lyric or something--you could probably get away with it as written. Though it'd probably come off like a foreign electro-synth band. :-)

he was to-wer-ing 🎵...
and good look-ing... 🎶

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