Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Are all the sentences below correct? Do they mean exactly the same?

  • You can download the latest version of X from this link.
  • You can download the last version of X from this link.
  • You can download the newest version of X from this link.
share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 5 down vote accepted

I agree with "cornbread ninja"; latest and newest mean the same thing. However, last might refer to a previous version, but it might also refer to the final version of some product. It really depends on the context.

share|improve this answer
2  
+1 for "last" possibly implying "final." However, I suggest "immediately preceding" rather than "a previous" (I would even accept "the previous" over "a previous"). –  Tolerance72 Jul 17 '12 at 19:52

Latest and newest are synonymous; last implies that there is a newer version available than the one available at the link. Grammatically speaking, they are all correct but carry two meanings among them.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.