"Last" and "previous"
What is the difference in use between "last" and "previous"?
(1) Based on the experience of the previous exercise
(2) Based on the experience of the last exercise
Which one is correct?
Good question! Those two words can mean the exact same thing or slightly different things. Let's say you have done five previous exercises - A, B, C, D & E. Now you are moving onto exercise F. If you want to point to the experience of exercise E, then you can say either the previous or the last exercise. If you want point to exercise C, you can say a previous. If you want to point to some combination of A, B, C, D & E, then you can say the previous exercises. Last could also be used in the same way, if you were refering to the ones (plural) at the end - the latest ones.
I just reread that. I hope I didn't confuse you more!
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