"Nous l'avons vendue jeudi dernier."

Translation:We sold it last Thursday.

April 1, 2018

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Word ordering in French confuses me so much... Could this sentence be "Nous l'avons vendue dernier jeudi"?


With the meaning of "last XX", "dernier" is always placed after the noun:

  • lundi dernier, la semaine dernière, le mois dernier, l'an dernier.

With the meaning of "(on) the last XX", "dernier" is placed before the noun:

  • le dernier lundi, la dernière semaine, le dernier mois, la dernière année.


Merci pour l'explication!


why is 'we have sold it last Thursday' wrong? I'm not a native english speaker, so perhaps this is a stupid question?


"We have sold" in present perfect suggests that the time span is unimportant or that the action still has effect at the present time.

"Last Thursday" gives a precise time for the action which is now finished.

The past simple is used when an action is one-time, past and complete: "We sold it last Thursday".

The present perfect would be used with no end-date for the action, "we have (already) sold it".

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