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    Cool the last work of somebody's career

    In this sentence:

    This film is the last one of Joe's film career.

    What I want to say is that Joe is quitting his job as a filmmaker, but I have doubts. The sentence seems to say that, but also seems to say that this movie is just his last one which doesn't mean it will be the last in his job.

    Do you know how to say the first meaning, that expressing he won't make any other movie?

    Thanks

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    Re: the last work of somebody's career

    Hi,

    I think it is quite clear, specially when you mention 'career'.

    Good luck.


    Tp.

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    Re: the last work of somebody's career

    Agree w/torpes.

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    Re: the last work of somebody's career

    You could say "his final film" if you worry that someone will mistake "last" for "most recent." It was the final film of his career.

    (But I agree with the other posters that my first understand would be the last one he ever made, with the inclusion of career.)
    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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    Re: the last work of somebody's career

    Whatīs the difference between Billīs last film and Billīs latest film? Can both mean exactly the same?

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    Cool Re: the last work of somebody's career

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Whatīs the difference between Billīs last film and Billīs latest film? Can both mean exactly the same?
    No. I think they aren't the same. Maybe here it's clear that "last movie" is the final movie, and "latest movie" is the most recent movie.

    Cheers

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    Re: the last work of somebody's career

    So, if a native tells me Tonight Iīm planning to watch my friend Billīs last film can I come to the conclusion that Billīs career has come to an end?

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    Cool Re: the last work of somebody's career

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    So, if a native tells me Tonight Iīm planning to watch my friend Billīs last film can I come to the conclusion that Billīs career has come to an end?
    Yes, I would say so according to all the precedent posts. But wait for other opinions.

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    Re: the last work of somebody's career

    The last film of his career -- his final film.

    His latest film -- there could be more in the future.

    His last film -- could mean either one.
    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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    Re: the last work of somebody's career

    There is a joke that plays on this ambiguity:

    Director: Have you seen my last film?
    Critic: I hope so!

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