Are you unsure about the correct way to write the term 'last week' - as two separate words or as one-word 'lastweek'?We can help you make the right choice, plus teach you how to use the correct one in a sentence. You’ll also learn how to pronounce it.
If you need a quick answer, here it is:
That's why it's best to use only 'last week' and not the other spelling of the word.
When someone says ‘last week,’ they’re referring to the week before the present week.
But if they say ‘the last week,’ it’s usually in reference to the last week of a month or of the year.
Saying the past week is similar to saying ‘last week.’ They mean the same thing. It’s just a different way of saying the same thing according to standard grammar rules.
Now, if someone says ‘in the last week,’ they’re talking about the week that’s just past. It means the same thing as ‘last week’ and ‘the past week.’
They’re all just different variations of the same expression.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘last’ as:
Other definitions include following all the rest, being the only remaining, distinct, separate, conclusive, farthest from a specified quality, attitude, or likelihood, and the next before the present (most recent), and belonging to the final states (as of life).
The same dictionary defines ‘week’ as:
Are you curious about how to pronounce this word? Here’s a short guide.
To pronounce this phrase correctly, here’s the phonetic spelling:
Now that we’ve got the definitions and pronunciation out of the way let’s see some examples of how to use this phrase in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that:
Therefore, you should only use 'last week' and avoid the other spelling of the word.
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