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    I'm trying to say to a friend that when I did my dissertation (last year) this would have been my last week before the deadline.

    The problem is that (as far as I know) the sentence "this would be my last week when I did it" doesn't make any sense grammatically.

    Can anyone think of a better way to say this in only one sentence? I will probably choose the shortest answer you guys can come up with 😎
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    A year ago, this would have been the last week before my deadline works fine.
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    (Original post by xylas)
    I'm trying to say to a friend that when I did my dissertation (last year) this would have been my last week before the deadline.

    The problem is that (as far as I know) the sentence "this would be my last week when I did it" doesn't make any sense grammatically.

    Can anyone think of a better way to say this in only one sentence? I will probably choose the shortest answer you guys can come up with 😎
    The arcane answer above is good but you good also go with

    This time last year I was in the last week before my dissertation deadline.

    or

    This time last year was the last week before my dissertation deadline.
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    (Original post by Kvothe the arcane)
    A year ago, this would have been my last week before the deadline works fine.
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    (Original post by xylas)
    I'm trying to say to a friend that when I did my dissertation (last year) this would have been my last week before the deadline.

    The problem is that (as far as I know) the sentence "this would be my last week when I did it" doesn't make any sense grammatically.

    Can anyone think of a better way to say this in only one sentence? I will probably choose the shortest answer you guys can come up with 😎

    Some good suggestions, above: also consider "This time last year I had a week to submit my dissertation."
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    This time last year I was a week away from my dissertation deadline.
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    Whether or not you have a sense of modality with 'would' really depends on the emphasis of the sentence, whether you are merely observing the fact that at this time last year it was a week before the deadline, or expressing an implied counter factual, i.e 'had the current time been a year ago, you would have had a week before the deadline'.


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