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Here's a context.

I met one of my friend, Jungsu, 2 years ago, but after that I haven't met him until now. Then, is it possible that I write like...

  1. It was the last time that I met him 2 years ago.

  2. It was the last time that I had met him 2 years ago.

  3. It was the last time that I've met him 2 years ago.

And, plus..

a. It was 2 years ago that I met him last.

b. It was 2 years ago that I've met him last.

Which one is the most commonly used one?

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  • It was... is a storyteller's way of saying this; in normal conversation, we'd say simply "The last time I saw him was two years ago". BTW, by convention, we spell out the word "two" when writing. With bigger numbers we can use the arabic numerals. chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/… It's not grammar, just a matter of style. Mar 20, 2015 at 12:53

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In examples 1-3, we would say:

The last time (that) I met/saw him was two years ago.

Similarly, rather than using a duration of time (two years) we could use the "point" in time:

The last time (that) I met/saw him was in 2013.

Regarding your a and b examples, we would use simple past (a):

It was two years ago that I last met/saw him.
I last met/saw him two years ago. (This one sounds more natural to me.)

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