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    #1

    next vs in the next

    Hello!

    While running through Classroom Language articles in the Articles section, I got mixed up with the author's usage of 'next/in the next lesson'.

    We'll have to finish this in the next lesson.
    We'll finish this exercise next lesson.

    Can anyone remember what we did in the last lesson?
    Let's revise what we did last lesson.

    If I understand it correctly, both structures are fine. However, there must be some reason why we use one and not the other. Does it have anything to do with the 'next/the next week/month/year'-thing?

    I'd be very grateful for help.

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    Re: next vs in the next

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    While running through Classroom Language articles in the Articles section, I got mixed up with the author's usage of 'next/in the next lesson'.

    We'll have to finish this in the next lesson.
    We'll finish this exercise next lesson.

    Can anyone remember what we did in the last lesson?
    Let's revise what we did last lesson.

    If I understand it correctly, both structures are fine. However, there must be some reason why we use one and not the other. Does it have anything to do with the 'next/the next week/month/year'-thing?

    I'd be very grateful for help.
    Yes, both structures are fine. No, it doesn't have anything to do with "next/the next week/month/year'-thing". It's just economy of language, using less words to say the same thing.

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    Re: next vs in the next

    If I don't want to skimp on words, can I say

    ...in the previous lesson?

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    Re: next vs in the next

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    If I don't want to skimp on words, can I say

    ...in the previous lesson?
    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: next vs in the next

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    If I don't want to skimp on words, can I say...in the previous lesson?
    For me, the 'last' lesson is the one immediately preceding this one; the 'previous' lesson is the one before the last one.

    'Previous' can also be used for one one preceding any one we are talking about.

    In Friday's lesson we looked at Hitler's advance on Moscow. In the previous one we had considered Napoleon's.

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