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D00M
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:03:27 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

The last time I saw him at the university.

Last time I saw him at the university.


What is the difference between the sentences given above, please?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
FX2
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:18:47 AM
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The last time I saw him at the university.

Last time I saw him at the university.



The last time means that there was not another opportunity you saw him, while last time means that it could be yesterday or a time before, but that was surely not the last. Dancing


Well, that is what I could understand, though.
thar
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:20:48 AM

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The first is not a sentence.
'The last time [that] I saw him' is a noun phrase. But it has no verb.

If that is the subject, then

The last time I saw him was at the university.
The last time I saw him at the university was Tuesday.

(The university is the building)



The last time I saw him was at university

(University is the experience - when you were students)



The second sentence has an adverbial phrase 'last time'.

Your sentence is
I saw him at the university.
Which time you were at the university? You have been there many times.
Last time I was at the university, I saw him.


Without an article 'last time' becomes adverbial, like 'yesterday'.

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D00M
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:24:12 AM

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Awesome explanation, thar, thank you.

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
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