D.r A.P.J Abdul Kalam was more wise and highly-educated than you think.

Is it ok to place in that sentence “highly” before “educated” to make comparative degree with compound adjective?

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Your construction is possible but could be improved.

If you want to make it clear that you intend the comparative degree to apply to both, it would be better to write:

....was both wiser and more highly-educated than you think.**

  • Syntactically, the comparative degree (the word more) must to apply to both, because of the trailing than- clause. Otherwise it would have to be ...more wise than you think, and highly-educated. An odd thing to say, but at least it's syntactically valid. Jun 27, 2020 at 15:54
  • FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica and Ronald Sole, thanks!
    – Jay Ho
    Jun 28, 2020 at 7:38

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