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    Default Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Where I live, 'last time' means 'formerly'. Does 'Last time' in the sentence mean 'formerly'?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Not in British English.

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    The only way i could see this working is if "last time" referred to a specific encounter.

    The last time I saw them they were poor, but now they are rich.

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    There is a way of using it without the article, but it would still refer to a specific event in the past.

    I arrived in Italy this morning. I have been to Italy once before. Last time I was poor, this time I am very rich.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Thanks, Emsr.

    Can I say "Last time people lived in wooden houses, but nowadays they live in houses made of concrete'? By "Last time" I mean 'formerly'.

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    No. As others have suggested, 'last time' does not mean 'formerly'. Both Mike and ems told you that 'last time' refers to a specific event/encounter.

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Thanks, 5jj.

    Emsr said: Last time I was poor, this time I am very rich.

    "Last time" in the sentence seems to mean formerly I was poor, but now I am very rich, doesn't it? If not, how should the sentence be interpreted?




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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, 5jj.

    Emsr said: Last time I was poor, this time I am very rich.

    "Last time" in the sentence seems to mean formerly I was poor, but now I am very rich, doesn't it? If not, how should the sentence be interpreted?
    "I have been to Italy once before. Last time I was poor, this time I am very rich."
    This is the context in which emsr2d2 used "last time".

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    ... how should the sentence be interpreted?
    As ems explained.

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    Default Re: Last time they were poor, but now they are rich.

    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    Last time I was poor, this time I am very rich.

    Does it mean that 'last time' has to be followed by 'this time', so that it 'last time' does not give the impression of 'formerly'? I'm a bit confused and sorry about that.

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