Which is right?

  • The clothes are almost dry


  • The clothes are almost dried

Context: I washed my clothes yesterday. Today, before it rained, I took the clothes in. The said clothes are not wet and not dry, somewhere in between. What should I say, if someone asked me?

  • Google 3grams show some evidence of the 'are almost dried' usage (though about half of theseseem to be false positives such as 'are almost dried up/out'). As Kate says, the adjectival usage is idiomatic. Sep 29 '20 at 14:49

The adjective dry seems the most natural. It would not be wrong to say they are almost dried and anyone would understand but it would seem unusual.

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