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"The conclusion is all but foregone, according to party insiders, diplomats and political analysts: Ms. Gu is expected to be found guilty in the murder of a British citizen, Neil Heywood, with whom she had close business ties. "
Is taking "foregone" from before "conclusion" a usage error? Most dictionaries suggest it must be used as "a foregone conclusion", not separately.
It reads fine to me. The common expression is "a foregone conclusion," but I have no difficulty with the example you cite.