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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    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'?
    No it doesn't, because no native speaker thinks that 'last time' gives the impression of 'formerly'.

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

    It doesn't have to be followed by "this time", no. The main thing you need to remember is simply that "Last time" does not mean "formerly" or "previously" in any context. It always refers to a specific time event or encounter in the past.

    Last time I went to the supermarket, I bought apples = I bought apples on my most recent visit to the supermarket.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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