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I recently read the following sentence:

"we are disappointed that we couldn’t give our customers the high standard service they expect"

Should this say high standard of service? It sounds odd without the of in the phrase.

  • You are right..it does sound odd. It should be 'High standards of service'. – tracy18 Dec 16 '16 at 11:32
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    Yes, it needs 'of' - or a hyphen: high-standard service. – Charon Dec 16 '16 at 13:22
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The OED list these usages of a high standard of x:

... a high standard of purity ...

and

... a high standard of fineness ...

and

... a high standard of morality ...

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