1-Last year, the second time I saw him, he was depressed.
2-Last year, the second time I saw him he was depressed.
In which case:
A-The second time I met ever him was last year.
B-I am talking about the second meeting between us that took place last year (I might have met him before last year).
#1 is A. Because the phrase is set off by commas, it is merely additonal information. It is used to add information to "last year". Therefore, the second time ever was last year.Originally Posted by navi
#2 is not clear. If one intends to talk about the second meeting last year, one would say: The second time I saw him last year, he was depressed.
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