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‘Last’ as an adjective

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Last’ as an adjective.


It appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life.

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


A bat went by. A bird uttered its last ‘cheep.’ And right above the oak tree the first star shone.

From ‘The Forsyte Saga’, by John Galsworthy.

Picture: These six steam locomotives were special guests of the Threkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, near Keswick in Cumbria, for its steam gala in 2015. © Chris Allen, Geograph. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0. By Peter Trimming, Geograph. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0.
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This important viaduct, built after the design of Robert Stephenson, consists of a series of 28 semicircular arches.

From ‘The Lives of the Engineers’, by Samuel Smiles.
Speaking of the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick.

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