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

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meijin

Senior Member
Japanese
Hi, please compare these two sentences I made up.

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?
 
  • Truffula

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Hi, please compare these two sentences I made up.

    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
    Japanese
    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. :oops:
     
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