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    last third

    Dear all,

    Hows should I understand "last third" underlined in the sentence below?

    Thanks in advance.

    Since the cost of goods rose more than 1,000 percent in the last 60 years of the 20th century, itís hard to believe that for most of history, inflation hardly existed. In the last third of the 19th century, for example, prices on many things in the United States dropped by nearly 50 percent as advances in transportation and technology made making and moving products cheaper.

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    Re: last third

    1801-1833(.33!) = the first third of the century.
    1833-1866(.67) = the second third.
    1866/7 - 1900 = the last third.

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    Re: last third

    100 years to a full century; 33.3 years to a third.
    19th century was 1801-1900, so it means 1867-1900.

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