Can I say for example "I’m working as an engineer in company which provide state of the art IT solution."?

I wonder if I can use phrase "state of the art" with nouns like:

  • IT solution
  • oil service
  • financial manager
  • Why couldn't you use it? The adjective, when in front of a noun is: state-of-the-art machinery. It takes dashes.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 18:05
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    Definition of state of the art: : the level of development (as of a device, procedure, process, technique, or science) reached at any particular time usually as a result of modern methods. - M-W
    – user29952
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 18:08
  • But it could apply to a financial manager who was a droid.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 20:52

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The phrase "state-of-the-art" is used to refer to things (whether concrete or abstract), not to people.

So these are ok:

We sell state-of-the-art IT solutions.

Using a state-of-the-art oil service can extend the life of your car.

But this is not:

My friend Bill is a state-of-the-art financial manager.

  • a company can be referred to as a financial manager....but you are right; it does not refer to people.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 18:16

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