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    (The) last or (the) latest

     I) LAST is often used before the days of the week  and before such words as: week, month, term , semester, year...

    - Last Sunday/ last Thursday/ last year/ last May/ last winter/ (seasons are not capitalized) 

    a) (The) last is placed before numbers: (Be careful of the word order !)

    - The last three exercises// the last five sentences// the last two warnings.

    b) Last means: the person, or the thing arriving at the end. 

    - If I don't run faster now, I'll finish last in the race... I'm too late.




    II) Last or the last:   * last month = the month  before, the preceding month - * the last month = the month ending a list or enumeration.

    - Last month, he went to London on business.

    - My parents will spend the last month of the year in Morocco. 

    a) The last person/ the last thing:

     - The last thing I need is more work to do.

    b) The only one left/ the last (quantity) of:

    - «You can take the last biscuit... I'll buy another packet when I go shopping. »




    III) (The) latest  and not  the last is used when it means the most recent and is likely to be followed by another one - or others

    - This machine is the latest in technology.

    - Have you heard the latest news? Paul has won the lottery and will buy a new car... 



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    1. he had to go to hospital and hasn’t recovered from his operation yet.

    2. with him was so boring that I have decided to go alone next week.

    3. 'No, I havent read his , but the other ones were real page-turners.'

    4. 'Oh dear! Back from the USA, I’m so jetlagged that have been almost sleepless...'

    5. This meal was good, but , she cooked something uneatable. I starved all night...

    6. 'This director’s wasn’t successful. He copied the preceding one too much...'

    7. The friends we met are coming again for their holiday.

    8. have been terrible for him and he had nobody to help him go through that ordeal...

    9. We wanted to see him for before he left for Brazil with his parents.

    10. 'I 've passed my but fear I might fail the following one...'

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