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    Which one is correct?


    Which one is correct?

    He caused so much trouble last year.

    He caused so much trouble the last year.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?

    He caused so much trouble last year.

    He caused so much trouble the last year.
    I am beginning to suspect that you are breaking a homework assignment into single questions.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    No again, I am not.

    It is true that I am a graduate. But I didn't use to do such a thing any way.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    He caused so much trouble last year.

    He caused so much trouble the last year.
    Both are possible. The second could refer to a particular year.

    He shared a flat with us for three years. He caused so much trouble the last (third) year that we finally threw him out.

    It would sound better as 'in the last year', but it's possible without 'in'.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?

    He caused so much trouble last year.

    He caused so much trouble the last year.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    RoseSpring,


    (1) You have asked an excellent question. It can be very

    confusing.

    (2) I do not have a comment about your specific sentences. I do,

    however, wish to comment on something rather similar.

    (3) Let's say that we are talking in March, 2011.

    (a) My back hurt me a lot last year. No problems so far this year.

    (i) This is pretty easy: My back hurt me in 2010, but it's been OK so far

    in 2011 (January, February, and March).

    (b) My back has been hurting me for the last year.

    (i) What does that mean? Yes, you are correct:

    My back hurts. It started to hurt me in March, 2010, and it continues

    to this month -- March, 2011. THUS: for the last year. That is:

    The last/past 12 months.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    RoseSpring,


    (1) You have asked an excellent question. It can be very

    confusing.

    (2) I do not have a comment about your specific sentences. I do,

    however, wish to comment on something rather similar.

    (3) Let's say that we are talking in March, 2011.

    (a) My back hurt me a lot last year. No problems so far this year.

    (i) This is pretty easy: My back hurt me in 2010, but it's been OK so far

    in 2011 (January, February, and March).

    (b) My back has been hurting me for the last year.

    (i) What does that mean? Yes, you are correct:

    My back hurts. It started to hurt me in March, 2010, and it continues

    to this month -- March, 2011. THUS: for the last year. That is:

    The last/past 12 months.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I thank you very much for your useful comment and your detailed answer. Many thanks indeed.

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