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    Smile this July or last July?

    To express July 2007, should I say "this July" or "last july"?
    "I went to Hawaii this July." means that I went to Hawaii in July 2007?

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    Re: this July or last July?

    [quote=groopy7777;234210]To express July 2007, should I say "this July" or "last july"? "this July" is definitely better because "last July" can mean July, 2006.
    I went to Hawaii this July." means that I went to Hawaii in July 2007? Yes.[/quote]
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    Re: this July or last July?

    [quote=2006;234272]
    Quote Originally Posted by groopy7777 View Post
    To express July 2007, should I say "this July" or "last July"? "this July" is definitely better because "last July" can mean July, 2006.
    I went to Hawaii this July." means that I went to Hawaii in July 2007? Yes.[/quote]
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    hi,

    but isn't the "last" July the July of 2007?

    i mean, if we are now in December, 2007 how can the "last" July be the July, 2006?

    thanks


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    Re: this July or last July?

    Thank you very much for your kind reply.

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    Re: this July or last July?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post


    hi,

    but isn't the "last" July the July of 2007?

    i mean, if we are now in December, 2007 how can the "last" July be the July, 2006?

    thanks
    Because "last" can be taken to refer to July or to year.
    this (year's) July
    last (year's) July
    So if you say "this July" now in December, or if you said it in May of this year, there can be no doubt that you mean(t) July of 2007. (of course in May you would have used future tense)


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    Re: this July or last July?

    Quote Originally Posted by groopy7777 View Post
    To express July 2007, should I say "this July" or "last july"?
    "I went to Hawaii this July." means that I went to Hawaii in July 2007?
    To ensure that all are clear, we often add other words to help clarify; past / coming / ...

    "I went to Hawaii this past July."

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    Re: this July or last July?

    Even among native speakers, this causes confusion.
    Use an expression that says exactly what you mean.

    I went to Hawaii in July this year.

    edward

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    Re: this July or last July?

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    Even among native speakers, this causes confusion.
    Use an expression that says exactly what you mean.

    I went to Hawaii in July this year.

    edward
    How about in "this weekend"?

    Say: it's Monday. Is it right to say, "What did you do this weekend?"

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    Re: this July or last July?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post


    hi,

    but isn't the "last" July the July of 2007?

    i mean, if we are now in December, 2007 how can the "last" July be the July, 2006?

    thanks
    Sorry, I just realized that you were asking about "the last July", but the original Question was about "this July" and "last July", no "the". That is why you were confused; you added a "the" that wasn't there before.

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    Re: this July or last July?

    Perfect.
    The past tense verb tells which weekend you're talking about.

    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    How about in "this weekend"?

    Say: it's Monday. Is it right to say, "What did you do this weekend?"

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