Author Topic: "I did it last year" and "I've done it in the last year": exact meanings  (Read 3514 times)

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Offline nwracorr

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So, as far as I can tell expression "in the last year" designates a period of last 365 days until today - not a specific moment in the past. Therefore it's used with the Perfect tense. And expression "last year" oppositely is specific, which designates a specific year, but not a time period, so is used with the Simple tense.

So my ultimate question is what time exactly the expression "last year" designates: the day exactly 1 year ago or just a year one less than current regardless of any days?



Offline Imp

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just a year one less than current regardless of any days
Что именно вы хотели этим сказать?

I did it last year значит "в прошлом году", то есть не в текущем, например, если сегодня 1 января, то даже то, что было сделано вчера уже прошлый год (то есть разница в день). Также если сегодня 31 декабря 2011, тогда то, что было сделано 1 января 2010 формально тоже прошлый год, хотя разница между этими датами практически в два года.

Впрочем в русском ситуация ровно такая же.
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Offline iopq

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So, as far as I can tell expression "in the last year" designates a period of last 365 days until today - not a specific moment in the past. Therefore it's used with the Perfect tense. And expression "last year" oppositely is specific, which designates a specific year, but not a time period, so is used with the Simple tense.

So my ultimate question is what time exactly the expression "last year" designates: the day exactly 1 year ago or just a year one less than current regardless of any days?
you can say "I did it many times in the last year" and it would still mean within the last 365 days
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