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A small question ( EN )

It might be a stupid question but I really want to know it.

It is November now, so when I say "Last October", it means October of 2011 of 2010. Thanks.
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Old 01.11.2011, 12:49
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Re: A small question

I would call October 2011 'last month', October 2010 'last October', and October 2012 'next October'. If that helps.
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Old 01.11.2011, 12:50
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I would call October 2011 'last month', October 2010 'last October', and October 2012 'next October'. If that helps.
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:13
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Re: A small question

My girlfriend does this sort of thing all the time. I admit, it can be confusing. Whether you said "last October" to me back in September, today or at Christmas, I would relate it to 2010.

In fact, if someone says "last" anything, to me it implies the one before the most recent one, unless the most recent one was quite long ago. I'm not sure when the cut-off date would be though...

For instance, if someone said "last Halloween" to me at any time throughout the month of October (up until the 31st), then I would think back to Halloween 2010. But if someone said the exact same thing today, or anytime over the upcoming months, I would also think to Halloween 2010 despite the fact that one just occurred.
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:17
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Re: A small question ( EN )

Last October with a flick of the head, hand movement or an emphasis on "last", indicates October 2010. Otherwise it's ambiguous. By next week, it may well mean "last month".
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:17
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Re: A small question ( EN )

it's tuesday today. if i were to arrange to meet you next thursday, would that be in 2 days time or a week and 2 days?
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:19
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Re: A small question ( EN )

This Thursday i.e. in 2 days' time, and Thursday next would mean in 9 days, I would think.
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:20
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Re: A small question ( EN )

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it's tuesday today. if i were to arrange to meet you next thursday, would that be in 2 days time or a week and 2 days?
The latter.
If you said to meet me on Thursday, I would take it to mean in 2 days, but I would politely decline nonetheless
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:22
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Re: A small question ( EN )

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it's tuesday today. if i were to arrange to meet you next thursday, would that be in 2 days time or a week and 2 days?
That confuses me all the time, thanks for bringing it up.
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:22
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Re: A small question ( EN )

Personally I would just refer to it as October. Logically (but topically dependant) the listener should be able to figure it out. Last October can be a bit ambigious, so I would say "October last year" for October 2010, and "October next year" for 2012, but again just October for now. Most cases, it works fine
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:23
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I would call October 2011 'last month', October 2010 'last October', and October 2012 'next October'. If that helps.
Same.

If I were to mean the October which just ended, I'd say "this past October" and Oct 2010 is "last October"...


Likewise, going forward, tomorrow is Wednesday, I'd say "this coming Wednesday" and "next Wednesday" is a week from tomorrow.

Not everyone says it like this though, I'm not sure what is common where, I AM sure that what was common for me was not common for my own grandmother - it got me into trouble once when she wanted me to take her to the airport "next Wednesday" which for her meant "this coming Wednesday"
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Re: A small question ( EN )

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it's tuesday today. if i were to arrange to meet you next thursday, would that be in 2 days time or a week and 2 days?
.... or do you think that might just be a girls polite way of saying "no thanks"
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Re: A small question ( EN )

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.... or do you think that might just be a girls polite way of saying "no thanks"
the only way phil understands " no thanks" is if it is said in restraining orders.
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:59
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Re: A small question ( EN )

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That confuses me all the time, thanks for bringing it up.
Me too. And to add to it, I never know what day it is today so I always ask for the date.
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Old 01.11.2011, 14:07
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Re: A small question ( EN )

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It might be a stupid question but I really want to know it.

It is November now, so when I say "Last October", it means October of 2011 of 2010. Thanks.
(assume you are still reading this post in November 2011)


I would say that within the current year, either direction is just "In".

eg. In October (as in last month), or In December (the coming month)......



"Last" and "Next" to me dictates the year either side. Or to 'skip' a said month in sequence.

eg. 'Last' August (2010) I travelled to Spain....... as opposed to 'In' August (2011) I travelled to Spain.



However...... this all falls apart in the 'near future':

eg. I will travel to Spain 'IN' January (2012)
(It's only 2 months away, but it's 'next' year....... but I would travel to Spain 'next' August (2012) or 'In' August next year (2012)

I think that the real key here is in how you propose the statement. However, chances are you will always have to clarify yourself.


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Old 01.11.2011, 14:19
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Re: A small question ( EN )

OK, what is everyone doing at the weekend? How about next weekend?

And what did we all do at the weekend? And last weekend?
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Old 01.11.2011, 14:23
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Re: A small question ( EN )

Rightly or wrongly, I've decided there is an implied missing "year" or "week" in these phrases;

Next (week's) Wednesday
Last (year's) October

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If you want to refer to the October just gone, you can always use "ult"
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Old 01.11.2011, 14:28
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It might be a stupid question but I really want to know it.

It is November now, so when I say "Last October", it means October of 2011 of 2010. Thanks.
If you said "last October" today, then you would refer to October 2010.

It would have to be Spring before you could refer to October 2011 in any sense of "last October", but you'd still be better off saying,

"...back in October" if you want to refer to October 2011.
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Re: A small question ( EN )

Ahhh, this weekend is Guy Faulks, next weekend is my friends birthday, last weekend I was preparing for halloween. The weekend could mean this (the one in this week) or last (the one just gone) unless it's monday, in which case it was yesterday and last weekend was the week before.

Like Mirfield says.
Last (weeks) weekend = 29/30th October
Next (years) christmas = xmas 2012

Hope that's clear now....

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Old 01.11.2011, 14:36
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Re: A small question ( EN )

I always assumed Last Christmas was referring to December 1983.
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