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Dernière fois

Michael

Kwiziq community member

18 January 2018

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Dernière fois

I got this wrong: "C'était la dernière fois que tu m'as dit que tu m'aimais." means: Mauvais: It was last time that you told me you loved me. Correcte: It was the last time you told me you loved me Was it the last of several times and in that last time 'tu m'a dit que tu m'aimais.' Or... Was it the last time (of several times 'tu m'a dit que tu m'aimais') ? The former implies something like 'in our last meeting you told me you loved me.' The latter implies the final time you told me you love me (and you have not since) Me me suis perplexe.

This relates to:
Dernier = final / previous (adjectives that change meaning according to position) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 January 2018

19/01/18

According to a native French speaker "la fois dernière" sounds stilted and is hardly ever used. She would use "la dernière fois" to express both meanings: the last time ever, as well as the last time in an ongoing succession.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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