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    Last vs the last, next vs. the next

    Hi there,

    I would like to know when last and next can be preceded by the article the.
    Is it right to say "The last year I wnet to Madrid" or I have to say "last year"?
    What about next?

    Thanks

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    Re: Last vs the last, next vs. the next

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    I would like to know when last and next can be preceded by the article the.
    Is it right to say "The last year I wnet to Madrid" or I have to say "last year"?
    What about next?

    Thanks
    It depends on what you want to mean.

    'Last year I went to Madrid.' means that I went to Madrid in 2006.
    'The last year I went to Madrid was 2004.' means that 2004 was the last time I went to Madrid.
    'Next year I will go to Madrid.' means that I will go to Madrid in 2008.
    'The next year I will go to Madrid will be 2010.' means that the next time I go to Madrid will be in 2010.

    The key thing to remember is that now ''last year'' means 2006 and ''next year'' means 2008.
    ''the last year'' can be any year in the past and ''the next year'' can be any year in the future.
    Last edited by 2006; 04-Oct-2007 at 09:21.

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