What is the difference between “last scan processed” and “last processed scan”?

How is this sentence:

Process a scan if the last scan processed is older than the update time (in seconds).

different in meaning from this sentence?

Process a scan if the last processed scan is older than the update time (in seconds).

Answer

Essentially there’s not much difference: in both sentences, the relevant three words refer to the last to be processed of all the scans you’ve processed.

But if you want to go into minor details and nuances, there’s a slight difference in which part is ‘stressed’:

  • “the last scan processed” means the last scan that you processed (focus is on the processing of the scans)
  • “the last processed scan” means the last of all the processed scans (focus is on the scans, which have been processed).

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Source : Link , Question Author : Orhan G. Hafif , Answer Author : Rand al’Thor

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