Can anyone confidently assert that "x-times" can be used preceding an adjective that is not comparative? It's role would be simple emphasis, like "very." Here are thought up examples. I cannot find any satisfying real-life usage.

  1. You are ten-times beautiful.
  2. The concert was a thousand-times amazing.
  3. I am a hundred-times forgetful.
  4. It is hard to look you in your a thousand-times stormy eyes.


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    You are ten-times unique is quite grammatical enough. Personally I think using unique in a comparative sense ought to be a hanging offence, but that's battle I lost long ago. – High Performance Mark Jan 16 at 11:29
  • It's a bit yucky though. Like the suddenly ubiquitous 'in a heartbeat'. – Old Brixtonian Jan 16 at 15:42
  • @OldBrixtonian so you've been seeing x-times ___ a lot? or are you talking about ten-times unique specifically? – oksurewhat Jan 16 at 16:28
  • No. I don't think I've seen it before in any context. – Old Brixtonian Jan 16 at 16:34
  • so maybe it's just my sentences that are yucky – oksurewhat Jan 16 at 16:36

You might refer to a great boxing champion as "the five times challenged but never beaten N" - that would be idiomatic, though there would probably be a better way. Most times you'll do this, though, you'll be dealing with one, two or three occasions, and then you might use once, twice or thrice - "twice cooked chips" / "thrice blessed".

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    What I mean here is x-times in order to emphasize an adjective that does not have to do with an actual repetition. 5-times challenged or twice cooked imply that the noun being described was in fact challenged five times, or cooked twice, whereas 3-times beautiful does not suggest any repeated action. It is not three-times beautified, but three-times beautiful. – oksurewhat Jan 16 at 22:53

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