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Could someone please tell me what the word 'next' and 'last' are? I mean the word class.

'it's your turn next ish' 'I read the letters last ish'

Thank you!

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    Next and last are ordinal quantifiers (two is a cardinal number; second is an ordinal number). Note that next and last take the same superlative -st suffix as first and oldest. And first ish works just as well as next ish and last ish. Especially if you're using ish as the slang term for issue, as of a science fiction magazine. – John Lawler Dec 4 '14 at 23:06
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    But ish isn't Issue in the above context. It's really just nextish and lastish with the ish suffix separated by a blank. And the function of the suffix is to modify it's associated word with "about" or "approximately". (My best shot would be that the words next and last function as adverbs, but there are other religions which would say no.) – Hot Licks Feb 2 '16 at 2:18
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In your sentences, next is an adverb.

  • Please justify that strange assertion. – Colin Fine Sep 4 '15 at 13:30

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