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    Last/past year

    Dear teachers

    Any difference in using "last year" and "past year", when I want to refer to one year ago. Examples below:

    "Last year": Following the success of last year's Adult Season
    BBC - BBC Three - The Adult Season

    "Past year": Pay for the directors of the UK's top businesses rose 50% over the past year.
    BBC News - Directors' pay rose 50% in past year, says IDS report


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    Re: Last/past year

    'Last year' is the calendar year before the one we are now in, i.e., 2011.

    'The past year' is the 12-month period ending yesterday, or very recently,

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