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23 / 06 / 2009

LAST vs LATEST: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we are going to explain the difference between the two adjectives last and latest, which are often confused. This is a review of a Daily Vitamin that we sent in November of 2005.

Both last and latest are translated into Spanish as último, but they have different meanings in English, which is what causes the confusion.

LAST: refers to something or someone that happens or comes at the end or after all other things or people.

Example 1:
We caught the last train home.

Example 2:
Come on, Ricky! You're always the last one to arrive!

LATEST: refers to the newest or most recent thing or person. It insinuates that there will be more in the future.

Example 3:
Tina is the latest person to be hired in the accounting department. However, I'm sure she won't be the last.

Example 4:
Gina is so cool. She's always dressed in the latest fashions.

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