difference: last year, past year

  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    No.
    Please provide context for your query.
    "Last year" was 2005.
    Any year from 2005 backwards is in the past, is a "past year",
    ... but "past year" sounds really strange.
     

    andri

    Member
    cantonese
    Does sentence below sound ok?:
    'Jason Kottke has tried full-time blogging for the past year. '
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Yes - that sounds fine.
    Now I understand what you mean:)

    Today is almost the end of February 2006.

    Last year was January to December 2005.

    The past year, in your sentence, means (approximately) March 2005 until now.
     
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