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There's nothing wrong with the JOHN-CN or JOHN-CHINA look. To my eye it's kind of energetic, foreign, and modern looking. There are many examples of it, so why not? Of course opinions will differ.
You actually can't use hyphens here. What you're looking for is the em dash (—). The em dash is much longer in length than the hyphen and is used for things like creating nonessential clauses like you have in your sentence. The correct punctuation is this: Furthermore, I have a passion for dealing with—and meeting—new people. You can put spaces around each ...
All are okay--I've seen English teachers use all three, so it must be fine. I think it just depends, maybe, on where you live. In the United States and other countries, people use lowercase more often, but in other countries they might use lower case or lower-case most often. I'm pretty sure that it doesn't matter. All ways of writing it are okay. Since ...
"almost-finished" is a compound adjective. It is the correct way to say "I am attaching an almost-finished version of the report". "almost finished" is not correct in this case. Here's a sentence where you would use "almost finished" without the hyphen: "I am almost finished with the work."
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'.
I have never actually seen either of those usages; what I normally see is either thirty-one-month-old [child] or, if less precision is needed, two-and-a-half-year-old [child] You could also say [S/he] is two years and seven months old or [S/he] is thirty-one months old
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