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    Hello,

    I had a look at the British National Corpus (British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)) for the phrase last time.


    It returned me 2797 instances of the phrase last time and 1118 instances of the phrase the last time.


    Eg: "From what I can recall from last time we met, the purpose of the meeting is to actually pick up on the training program."

    Eg: "The last time Wright was called up he pulled out of the party even though he played for Arsenal."


    Could you explain me the difference between the two? Is it OK to use both? When I read the sentences in the corpus, I can't see any difference.

    Thanks for help.

    Waawe
    Last edited by Waawe; 21-Jan-2009 at 06:25.


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    Re: Last

    There is no difference in intended meaning in those two examples.

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    Re: Last

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    There is no difference in intended meaning in those two examples.

    Yet, are there any instances when we must be careful whether to use the article or not? Can we use at all times both the variants interchangeably?

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    Re: Last

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    Yet, are there any instances when we must be careful whether to use the article or not? Can we use at all times both the variants interchangeably?

    If I were checking my child's homework, for example, I could say,

    "Your spelling was much better than last time."

    "This is the last time that I will correct it for you." In this case, the last indicates that it will not be done/corected again.

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