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    What is the other word for "last but one". It is on the tip of my tongue, but can't get it.

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    Re: last but one

    Penultimate. And the one before that is antepenultimate.

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    Re: last but one

    Also Second to last or Second last

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    Question Re: last but one

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Penultimate. And the one before that is antepenultimate.
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    Which (penultimate or last but one) is used more often in writing and which in speaking?

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    Re: last but one

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Which (penultimate or last but one) is used more often in writing and which in speaking?

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    IMO, the most common form is "next to last".

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    #6

    Re: last but one

    I found something interesting:
    penultimate/next to last

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    Re: last but one

    Tnx, Nyggus, seems to be a nice resource.

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    Re: last but one

    Maybe it's a BrE/AE difference, but I think that 'last but one' would be more common that 'next to last' in BrE. I checked with the British National Corpus and they gave 2 for next to last and 22 for last but one. They also gave 161 for penultimate, many of which appear to be spoken instances.


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    Re: last but one

    dictionary.com defines penultimate as 'next to last'. 'last but one' is descriptive but awkward to my AmE ear.

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    Re: last but one

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Which (penultimate or last but one) is used more often in writing and which in speaking?

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    Definitely the second. Penultimate is formal, and antepenultimate only used in academic circles (I'd say). I only mentioned it because I thought you were looking for a single word.

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