“When a phrasal adjective begins with an adverb ending in –ly, the convention is to drop the hyphen—e.g.: ‘With the hotly-contested [read hotly contested] Second Congressional District primary six days away, supporters of . . .’ But if the –ly adverb is part of a longer phrase, then the hyphen is mandatory (the not-so-hotly-contested race).”It was the –ly that got me. Three times. Thus, the story in which my phrasal adjective errors occurred is my just-workshopped story or my recently workshopped story but not my recently-workshopped story.
I wonder how often I’ve gotten that wrong in the past.