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Wrong Adjective/Adverb Usage 

Have you heard the last news? 

Have you heard the latest news? V

The ‘last news’ means ‘the final one’ but we need to add ‘which’ last news, (the last news on TV is at midnight), otherwise it is a hanging sentence. A hanging sentence means an incomplete sentence or phrase. 

The ‘latest’ means the ‘most recent’. 


He bought the latest mobile phone. (the most recent on the market) 

He bought the last mobile phone. (The last one in the shop, there was only one left) 

I have an important problem to solve. X 

I have a serious problem to solve. V 

We do not use the adjective ‘important’ to describe a problem. 

He arrived soon. 

He arrived early. 

Many students get confused between ‘soon’ and ‘early’. 

Early is an adjective. It is the opposite of ‘late’. 

Soon, on the other hand, is an adverb of time. 

When we say ‘I arrived early’, it means before the expected/due time. We use ‘soon’ for a future time frame. It isn’t used in the past. 

If we say, I will see you soon, it means ‘in a short time’. (the near future)