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last

When referring to recent years, use past (not last), because technically the past five years are not the last (i.e. final) five years of time.

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late

When using late to modify a noun, do not hyphenate, unless it combines to form a compound that itself is modifying a noun. Examples: In late 2007 and late-2007 earnings.

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latter

This word means the second of two, not the last in a list. For example: Of California and Oklahoma, the latter has a smaller population… 17 more words

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less

Use less with mass nouns (e.g. oxygen, water, sand) and fewer with count nouns (e.g. ships, dogs, pencils). There is less sand on the beach now.

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