This is taken from "Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution":

The human cost of inaction is inefficient and even deadly, but the political stakes for people who design and build city streets couldn't be lower.

I know that there is a phrase "deadly cost" but what I wonder is whether it is proper (or good writing style) to break phrase like that and say "cost is deadly". Second point, is I am not sure if it is proper English to write "cost is inefficient".

  • Well, I'd say 'cost of inaction', and 'inefficiency'. I think they're implying 'inaction is deadly', but the sentence is pretty strange. – marcellothearcane Jul 29 '17 at 19:47
  • @marcellothearcane sorry, original is "cost OF inaction" – aaaaa says reinstate Monica Jul 29 '17 at 20:28
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    It's a poor sentence. Cost isn't inefficient or deadly. – fixer1234 Jul 29 '17 at 23:15

The 'costs' should be noun phrases: "The human costs of inaction are inefficiency and [potentially] even death, but..."

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