Trivia

Subject:
ambiguities abound!
Response To:
last vs past ()

Alex Y
Ian, I don't think differently when I hear "In the past year" rather than "In the last year", but the fact that you do is a good example of how ambiguous English language can be.

I hear "in the last (or 'past') year, ..." as referring to something that happened in the prior 365 days, while I hear "last year, ..." as referring to something that happened in 2016. But I don't claim that that is the "right" way to interpret each, which is why I fully accept Larry's solution interpreting "in the last year" as referring to 2016.

Anyway, between the two of you, you clearly solved to puzzle!

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