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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #106880: Last and The last
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    Last and The last


                                                                   

     



    LAST  is mostly used before the days of the week, and before the words : week, month, term, semester, year... 

    ex : Pat came to see us last week.


    ex : The last week of the holidays was a real wonder ...


    1) (The) LAST is placed before numbers :

    ex: He knows the last three paragraphs by heart. He has learnt them  a lot! 

    ex: I couldn't understand the last two words of your sentence.

    2) LAST or THE LAST :   * last month = the month  before, the preceding month - * the last month = the month ending a list or enumeration.

    ex : Last month, I went to the Alps for a long hike. 
    ex : I'll spend the last month of the year in the sun. = (December)

    3) THE LAST MONTH / WEEK ... can also refer to a period which has just passed ...

    ex : The last two months were horrible for me as I had a broken leg and was very dependent ...

    4) (The) LATEST  and not  THE LAST is used when it means  the most recent

    ex : Have you seen Spielberg's latest film ?

    ex : This is my latest test and I promise it won't be the last one !

    5) A few expressions :

    - Last, but not least = At the end of a list, or enumeration = the last one, but it's not the worst ! (No judgement of value! often used with a smile!)

    - At last = Finally

    - At long last = After a long moment ...

    - Lately = Recently

    - Last but one = (British English)=  Not the last one, but the one before ...

    - It's the last drop (which makes the cup run over!) = Enough is enough ! I can't take more ...

    - It's the last straw (which breaks the camel's back!) = is the same proverb, just a little more picturesque and exotic ! (I like it !)

    ex : I saw uncle Jack and Paul: they've both changed a lot! The former has put on a lot of weight, the latter is now wearing glasses!

                                                              

     Now, you must be ready to do the exercise and make no mistake ! Do it !

     





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    , I had a memorable time with my friends.
    We had imagined to go and see but were discouraged by the endless line. ! We'd have to wait for ages... We wouldn't be that patient... Therefore, we chose to go to the Japanese restaurant which had opened . It was worse ! potential customers, freezing in the line, had to wait for more than an hour to get a seat. , after more disappointing attempts, we decided it was !
    After much reflexion, , we decided, to order food and take a video from the-round-the-corner take aways and go home where it's warm and peaceful! We didn't choose or , but Season of 'Friends' : the one I had finally seen but one! A solid value and unanimous choice! We watched it non-stop from the beginning of the Season to .
    As for the food, we didn' t have and yakitori but chose good old pizzas as we did .
    , we had a fantastic for Tom, who's leaving for a year in Australia tomorrow. Considering the price of plane tickets, we had and an unforgettable laugh together. , we had parties together every week, but this one will remain in our minds till next year!
    Have fun, Tom!







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