# When I last bought <product>, at <place>, (with or without a comma)

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#### meijin

##### Senior Member

1. When I last bought a battery at 7-Eleven, it cost me 300 yen.
2. When I last bought a battery
, at 7-Eleven, it cost me 300 yen.

If you say #1, it's possible that you bought a battery somewhere else between then and now.
If you say #2, it was the last time you ever bought a battery.

Am I correct?

• #### PaulQ

##### Senior Member
If you say #1, it's possible that you bought a battery somewhere else between then and now.
Yes.
If you say #2, it was the last time you ever bought a battery.
=2. At 7-Eleven, it cost me 300 yen and that was the last time bought a battery.

#### Truffula

##### Senior Member

1. When I last bought a battery at 7-Eleven, it cost me 300 yen.
2. When I last bought a battery
, at 7-Eleven, it cost me 300 yen.

If you say #1, it's possible that you bought a battery somewhere else between then and now.
If you say #2, it was the last time you ever bought a battery.

Am I correct?
You are correct. There is one thing I'd add to that though. "It was the last time you ever bought a battery" also seems to imply that you think you will never buy a battery again. But sentence 2 does not at all imply that.

So I'd change it to:
If you say #1, it's possible that you bought a battery somewhere else between then and now.
If you say #2, you have not bought a battery, anywhere, between then and now.

That way it avoids adding the implication about the future which is not in sentences 1 or 2.

#### meijin

##### Senior Member
Thank you both very much for the replies.

"It was the last time you ever bought a battery" also seems to imply that you think you will never buy a battery again. But sentence 2 does not at all imply that.
Ah...you're right. I should have realized that myself.

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