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    a few months "back"

    But perhaps her most recent contribution came a few months back.
    What does back mean in the above sentence?

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    Re: a few months "back"

    It's the same as "ago."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a few months "back"

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    But perhaps her most recent contribution came a few months back.
    What does back mean in the above sentence?
    If you consider that "ago" means "back[wards] in time" then it may make more sense.

    I finished university a few years back.
    He wrote that book a good twenty years back.
    A few months back, I was very unhappy. Now I'm fine.

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