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    last pages

    If a book has 100 pages,

    page 100 is the last page
    is page 99 the second last page?
    what about page 97, the third from the last?

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    Re: last pages

    Yes, that works. "Third last", "fourth last", and so on are also possible, but the higher the number the rarer the phrase. Another way, possibly the most natural of all, is to say: last, second last, third from the end, and so on.

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    Re: last pages

    We also say that page 99 is the "next to last page".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: last pages

    There are also the formal versions:

    • Ultimate
    • Penultimate
    • Antepenultimate
    • ...

    The list can be extended by adding prefixes. I think 'proantepenultimate' is the next. But I've never heard it used in real life, and 'antepenultimate' is pretty rare.

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    Re: last pages

    The "ultimate" series refers more often to syllables in a word than pages in a book.

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    Re: last pages

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    The "ultimate" series refers more often to syllables in a word than pages in a book.
    Have you any evidence to support that statement?

    The Fraze It website shows its use to be fairly ubiquitous.

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    Re: last pages

    Yes. I was thinking specifically of "antepenultimate". From dictionary.reference.com:

    an·te·pe·nul·ti·mate
    adjective
    1.
    third from the end.
    2. of or pertaining to an antepenult.

    an·te·pe·nult
    noun the third syllable from the end in a word, as te in antepenult.

    Note the specific reference to the third-last syllable.

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    Re: last pages

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    The "ultimate" series refers more often to syllables in a word than pages in a book
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    Re: last pages

    The full OED (2nd edn) says of the word: "Orig. of syllables; but extended to order in place or time".
    Webster's Third says: "2: coming before the next to last in any series".

    That's what I thought.

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    Re: last pages

    The dictionary abaka quoted is referring to the noun 'antepenult'*. His/her generalization, made on the basis of a misunderstood authority, was simply wrong.

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    PS If anyone ever wants to say this word, note that the stress is not the same as for the adjective - the noun is stressed on the /'pen/.
    Last edited by BobK; 26-Jun-2012 at 11:45. Reason: Added PS

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