- I am attaching an almost-finished version of the report.
- I am attaching an almost finished version of the report.
Which is the preferred form, (1) or (2)? Why?
BEFORE a noun, “almost-finished’ is better, since it emphasizes that ‘almost’ is qualifying ‘finished’, not ‘report’. Not important in this case, but compare ‘longest living animal’ with ‘longest-living animal’.