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    Need help on this sentence.

    For previous, previous, previous, previous, can i say four times ago before the last time? Or can i say the last four time?

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    Re: Need help on this sentence.

    No. It sounds like you're being overly emphatic is saying "a long time ago."

    In the [trial/run/experience/occurrence/instance/whatever] four times before this one,
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael281001 View Post
    For previous, previous, previous, previous, can i say four times ago before the last time? no Or can i say the last four time? no
    Do you mean the 'fourth-last time'? (not the last time, not the second-last time, not the third-last time, but the fourth-last time)

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    Thanks 2006, i think i have found the word. The fourth-last time, the fifth-last time. Yupe, i think that is what i was looking for. I meant to say, the four times ago, kind of. Fourth-last time would be a more appropriate word in this case. Thanks for your help.

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    I have to warn you that I doubt if any native speaker would actually use this, and many would be surprised if they heard it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I have to warn you that I doubt if any native speaker would actually use this, and many would be surprised if they heard it.
    That's true. You will hear "the last time" a lot. But the others are used infrequently to almost never, because the chance to use them doesn't often arise. But they can correctly express the intended meaning.

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    Re: Need help on this sentence.

    She has stolen money previously four times.

    This is the fourth time she has stolen money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    She has stolen money previously four times.

    This is the fourth time she has stolen money.
    (On the) first occasion, it was from her mother's purse; the next/second time she stole from school friends; last time it was shoplifting at the local convenience store; this time she ....

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    #9

    Re: Need help on this sentence.

    I did not understand it to be each time of the last four times, but only four times ago.

    For example, trials 1 through 7 and their results:
    1: A
    2: A
    3: B
    4: A
    5: A
    6: A
    7: B

    Just finished 7: We got result B, the same result we got four times ago.
    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: Need help on this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I did not understand it to be each time of the last four times, but only four times ago. Me too, and Michael281001 seemed to confirm that that was his intended meaning.
    For example, trials 1 through 7 and their results:
    1: A
    2: A
    3: B
    4: A
    5: A
    6: A
    7: B

    Just finished 7: We got result B, the same result we got four times ago.
    But "four times ago" is unclear. Does "four times ago" include the (last)(7th) time? If so, it would be the same result we got five times ago.

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