I need a way of saying "These days" / "Nowadays", but referring to the previous year.

Because what I've come up with seems very unnatural and broken to me.

  • These days last year, I had no clue what would happen in a year's time.
  • Last year nowadays, .... (This one sounds awful to me, honestly)

For clarity: I want to be able to say "Around these months/dates of the previous year" without the definitive words like "month" or "date", but with vague words like "these days" or "nowadays".

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    What's commonly said and probably readily understood is "last year at this time". Mar 18, 2016 at 14:30
  • Or even, "A year ago". Mar 18, 2016 at 14:41
  • I think the idea could include some form of "yesteryear"
    – Tony
    Mar 18, 2016 at 16:58
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    @KristinaLopez Or even This time last year...
    – WS2
    Mar 18, 2016 at 17:29
  • That's better, @WS2...more succinct! :-) Mar 18, 2016 at 18:18

2 Answers 2


"At this time last year, I ..."

  • "around" may be better than "at" - less specific, just as easily understood (by me, anyway)
    – question_asker
    Mar 18, 2016 at 15:04
  • Yep, "around" is just fine and is less specific, as you said.
    – Chris Bergin
    Mar 18, 2016 at 15:10

Those days during last year; Those days in the first-half of last year; Those days in the second-half of last year

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