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    Default How do I say last last last last time?

    How do I say last last last last time?

    For example :

    1) I have not receive the paycheck four times before the last one/i have not received the last last last last paycheck. ( Getting paid in bi-weekly basis).
    2) The last last last last time I saw him was in the Mall.


    Hope somebody can teach me how to say it the correct manner.

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jit833 View Post
    How do I say last last last last time?

    For example :

    1) I have not receive the paycheck four times before the last one/I have not received the last last last last paycheck. ( Getting paid in on a bi-weekly basis).
    The easiest way is to reference the date of the missing check - "I have not been paid for the August 17th pay period".
    2) The last last last last time I saw him was in the Mall.
    "I saw him at the mall on July 14th".


    Hope somebody can teach me how to say it the correct manner.
    Gil

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jit833 View Post
    How do I say last last last last time?

    For example :

    1) I have not receive the paycheck four times before the last one/i have not received the last last last last paycheck. ( Getting paid in bi-weekly basis).
    2) The last last last last time I saw him was in the Mall.


    Hope somebody can teach me how to say it the correct manner.
    As Gillnetter said, with the first one, the simplest thing to do is refer to the date you should have received the cheque, or the dates for which you have not been paid.
    I have not received my paycheck from August 10th.
    I have not been paid for the period July 27th to August 10th.

    With the second, you can say "The very last time I saw him was at the Mall". However, if what you are trying to say is that you have seen him four times recently, and you want to explain where you saw him on the first of those four occasions, you'll either have to know the date (I saw him in the mall on the first of July) or simply explain that that wasn't the last time you saw him (I saw him in the mall once but I've seen him in other places three times since then).
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    The short answer is you just can't say 'last, last[, last]...'. To emphasize 'last' you can say 'very last' (but it remains the 'same' last, rather some 'ancestor' of last. As an example: 'We bailed you out four years ago, and we've done the same every year since then. This is the very last time. Don't come to me next year. The Bank of Mum and Dad is closed.'

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    Afterthought: in informal contexts you can say 'last, second[or next to]-last, third-last... etc but the nearest formal equivalent (rarely used, especially in 'the higher degrees' [that is, when there are more and more previous occasions]) goes like this; 'last[/ultimate/final...], penultimate, antepenultimate, pre-antepenultimate...'. (After 'penultimate' it begins to sound ridiculous').

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    I knew I could count on Bob to suggest "pre-antepenultimate"!
    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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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    I've always wondered why it's not ante-antepenultimate. As "ante" means before" and so does "pre", why mix them?

    We have post-post-script (PPS) at the ends of letter.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We have post-post-script (PPS) at the ends of letter.
    I've always thought of it as a posterior postscript.

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've always wondered why it's not ante-antepenultimate. As "ante" means before" and so does "pre", why mix them?

    We have post-post-script (PPS) at the ends of letter.
    Perhaps for the same reason that musicians say hemidemisemiquaver for a 64th note. I'd assume it's clearer and less likely to be misunderstood when spoken.
    Why do we say great grandfather instead of grand grandfather?

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    Default Re: How do I say last last last last time?

    I learned a new word today. I have enough trouble with 16th notes. I can't imagine a 64th note - it must sound like a trill.
    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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