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    a last ten years

    Hello. I just wanted to ask whether 'a last ten years' is an expression which is grammatically correct. So, is it _correct_?

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    Re: a last ten years

    Quote Originally Posted by bureaucracy View Post
    Hello. I just wanted to ask whether 'a last ten years' is an expression which is grammatically correct. So, is it correct?
    Phrases and fragments can only be considered as part of a full sentence. "A last ten years" is not an expression and I can't think of a context where it would work but please give us some sentences where you would like to use it and then we can comment.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a last ten years

    "I spent a last two days with my parents and ..." /Yes, it's a quotation./

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    Re: a last ten years

    Quote Originally Posted by bureaucracy View Post
    "I spent a last two days with my parents and ..." /Yes, it's a quotation./
    Usually one would use "the last two days".

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    Re: a last ten years

    Then my question is: does 'usually' exclude 'rarely' in this very case?

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    Usually one would use "the last two days".
    I believe Fowles is to blame.
    Last edited by bureaucracy; 07-Sep-2013 at 18:47.

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    Re: a last ten years

    Quote Originally Posted by bureaucracy View Post
    Then my question is: does 'usually' exclude 'rarely' in this very case?
    I don't understand your last question, but "I spent a last two days with my parents and ..." is correct in the right context. However, "I spent a last ten years with..." would be very unlikely.

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    Re: a last ten years

    Could you explain it to me what makes 'a last two days' and 'a last ten years' so different?...
    In what context would you use it? Or maybe you'd rather I provided you some context. I think I am able to.

    In other words:
    When 'a last two days' is grammatically correct?
    Last edited by bureaucracy; 07-Sep-2013 at 19:29.

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