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    Red face my previous job & my last job

    Hi,

    my previous job

    my last job

    Is there any difference between these two?
    In my opinion, 'my previous job' includes 'my last job', but not vice versa.
    I think 'my last job' is the job which I have left recently.
    Is this correct?
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    Default Re: my previous job & my last job

    In many situations, they will be the same.
    But let's say you have worked at four jobs: 1, 2, 3 and 4

    You are talking to someone about a time when you were at job #2, and you want to refer to something you leanred in job #1. You can say "My previous job" in that situation, referring to the one that came right before it.

    However, if you are now at job #4, and you want to refer to job #3, then "my last job" and "my previous" job are exactly the same.

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    Default Re: my previous job & my last job

    Thanks for your reply, Barb_D.
    What if I talk about job #2 just after I mentioned about job #4?
    Is that 'my previous job'?

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    Default Re: my previous job & my last job

    No, that would have to be "a" previous or "a" prior job, unless you were clear about which one. For example, if you worked for IBM at job #2, then somewhere else, and now you're at #4, you can say "in my prior job at IBM."

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    Default Re: my previous job & my last job

    Thank you for your quick response.
    OK, I got it.
    You helped me understamd the subtle difference (for a non-native like me) between 'a previous job' and 'my previous job'. Also, 'prior' is helpful.

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