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    Smile last or latest

    Hello everybody,

    I know that in grammar books you read that 'last' means final in a series and 'latest' the most recent or the newest of something.
    But is this really always that straightforward?

    Let us suppose I have a car that I have owned for one year and it is still in my possession and my newest one, plus the fact that I may buy another car sometime in the future,
    what would I use in the following sentence?

    I bought my last car/my latest car a year ago.

    Would 'last' be correct here although it does not mean 'final' here ,because I used the time adverbial 'a year ago' and that with 'latest' it is
    not important when something happened?


    What about this sentence where a popular author is asked by a reporter?

    "When did you write your last book/your latest book? I can't remember. We can hardly wait for a new one by you:"

    As this is the newest book and it still exists, would it still be correct to use 'last'

    or could we also use 'latest' because we expect this author to write more books?


    Thank you for your answers in advance

    Joern from Bavaria
    Last edited by Joern Matthias; 10-Dec-2013 at 16:39.

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    #2

    Re: last or latest

    You are right in all of your suppositions. In all these examples, "last" and "latest" are completely interchangeable.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: last or latest

    First of all thank you very much and I am in the same position when it comes to my German mother tongue.

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