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So I live in Switzerland, and I am on my way to Austria. During a conversation on the train (having crossed the Swiss border), I mentioned that the last time I left Switzerland was in May.

I received the feedback that: "the last time you left Switzerland is now or when we crossed the border."

Help me out. Which is correct and why?

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You’re fine to use “last” to mean “previous”.

In conversational English, it’s well understood that when you say

“the last time I left home”

This means

“the time before this one.”

In highly technical contexts — for example, written instructions or a legal document — your friend is correct. “Last” can be used to mean “only the most recent time.”

But in everyday speaking, your meaning is understood.

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    thank you for the explanation. This is what i had in mind as well. Nevertheless i thought it would be better to get a third opinion as well. – Ali zare Dec 22 '19 at 10:48

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