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Can I say:

The condition here is third world standards.

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LiJ
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It sounds odd, LiJ. Standards are something we are compared to, not what we are. And in this context, condition is usually plural. Giving us: The conditions here are of third-world standards.

Mister MicawberIt sounds odd, LiJ. Standards are something we are compared to, not what we are. And in this context, condition is usually plural. Giving us: The conditions here are of third-world standards.

Thanks, Mister.

Do you mean 'third-word standards' is a bit obscure?
I've learned if the noun is obscure/abstract, then the 'be of N' structure is useally used.

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LiJ
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No, I do not mean that the phrase is obscure. I am not aware of any 'be of + N' guideline for that situation either; I merely wrote one more natural way of expressing your point. I could also write that 'my boa constrictor is of Brazilian origin and of a reddish-brown colour'.
Mister MicawberMy boa constrictor is of Brazilian origin and of a reddish-brown colour.
Got it! Thanks, Mister.Emotion: smile
Wouldn't be surprised to see this, in an informal setting, as:

The conditions here are third-world.
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Marius HancuWouldn't be surprised to see this, in an informal setting, as:

The conditions here are third-world.

Now, I fully understand what Mister and Marius said. Thanks, Marius.

I think 'third-word' is an adjective and standard is a noun.