Last and the last

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Last contrasts with this and next. Last week is the week before this week. Note that these time expressions are used with past tenses without articles, and without prepositions.

the last

The last week refers to the period of seven days up to the moment of speaking or writing. Note that these time expressions are normally used with perfect tenses and with prepositions.

Note that we generally say the last few days/weeks, not the last days/weeks.

See also

Laid off vs. Fired
Last and the last
Lay and lie
The least and the fewest
Less and fewer
Like and as

See also

Just, already and yet

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