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    The latter unfortunately doesn't have

    "the latter" must mean "a car's headlight", right? Do you say "the last" for " candle flame?

    19. A moth is a positively phototactic bug, which means it's fascinated and charmed by bright lights, for example a car's headlight, a porch light, or a candle flame. The latter unfortunately doesn't have a happy ending.

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    Re: The latter unfortunately doesn't have

    Usually "the former" and "the latter" are used when two things are being talked about. In this case, they mean the flame doesn't have a happy ending. Moths will live if they land on the porch light. Not so much if they land on a flame.

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    Re: The latter unfortunately doesn't have

    In this case, the candle flame should have been referred to as 'the last'.

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    Re: The latter unfortunately doesn't have

    I thought the latter referred to "car's headlight" as anything can die if it collides with it.

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    Re: The latter unfortunately doesn't have

    No — 'a car's headlight' was the first bright light to be mentioned.

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