“Almost-finished” versus “almost finished”

  1. I am attaching an almost-finished version of the report.
  2. I am attaching an almost finished version of the report.

Which is the preferred form, (1) or (2)? Why?

Answer

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’.

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