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    past or last

    I'm sometimes confused whether to use 'past' or 'last'.
    For example in sentences like
    'Obama has been the President over the past/last 8 years.'
    'During the past/last days, I've met so many interesting people.'
    Could anybody explain me the difference?

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    Re: past or last

    In the first, both are possible.
    In the second, neither is natural. If you added "few" before "days", they would both work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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