When did you eat in this restaurant the last?

When did you eat in this reasturant most recently?

Are there any difference between two sentence in meaning ? Especially I am not sure whether first one is correct or not . When I say one of these sentence The one who I spoke to understand the same ? And should I use “the” before “last”?

  • I would rewrite the first question to 'When did you last eat in this restaurant?' And the second change it into: 'Have you been here recently?' For me, the second questions sounds more like a police investigation question than an informal conversation. – sara Jan 1 at 16:38
  • Why we don’t use “last” at the end of the sentence? Or would it be wrong if I use at the end? – Foreign student Jan 1 at 16:40
  • You can put it at the end, the same way I can write a grammatically correct sentence saying: 'when in this restaurant did you last eat', but the 'feeling' of the whole thing is off.. – sara Jan 1 at 16:43
  • Thank you so much . Last question actually I want to ask if I use it before “eat”. – Foreign student Jan 1 at 16:48
  • @Sara: I'm not sure about 'when in this restaurant did you last eat'. To me, it sounds like the prepositional phrase can be used after "when" only if it denoted a point in time; i.e. "When in this year did you last eat here?". – Cacambo Jan 1 at 18:31

"Most recently" doesn't sound quite right here; it's a little too formal.

You wouldn't use "the" before "last". So:

When did you eat in this restaurant last?

Though, for me, it would be more idiomatic to say:

When did you last eat in this restaurant?

And going a little further, as the listener is likely to know which restaurant you mean by "this restaurant", you could simply say:

When did you last eat here?

| improve this answer | |

“When did you last eat” is fine. But it is unnatural to with qualifiers like “in this restaurant”. I am not sure there is a good rule for you here, sadly.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.