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    last January

    Since last January, Mary has been Ms. Chu's secretary.
    Question: It's October, how long has Mary been Ms. Chu's secretary?

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    Re: last January

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Since last January, Mary has been Ms. Chu's secretary.
    Question: It's October, how long has Mary been Ms. Chu's secretary?
    To me 'last January' means January of this year, 2010.

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    Re: last January

    Can we say "this January"?
    What does "last spring" mean?

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    Re: last January

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Can we say "this January"?
    What does "last spring" mean?
    To me "this January" means the one coming up in 2011, and "last Spring" means the one that has just gone by, Spring of 2010. But that's what they mean to me. Context may prove different as may speaker preference.

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    Re: last January

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    To me "this January" means the one coming up in 2011, and "last Spring" means the one that has just gone by, Spring of 2010. But that's what they mean to me. Context may prove different as may speaker preference.
    Yes, context is very important, as these phrases can be quite ambiguous. We can also say "since January" or "this past Spring."

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    Re: last January

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    To me "this January" means the one coming up in 2011, and "last Spring" means the one that has just gone by, Spring of 2010. But that's what they mean to me. Context may prove different as may speaker preference.
    What does "next January" mean?

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    Re: last January

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What does "next January" mean?
    I would say that it refers to January, 2011. As we are approaching the end of the year, some might say that it refers to 2012. You can avoid ambiguity by saying "this coming January."

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