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Let's say there is a group of people that takes turns in carrying out a certain task. This task can be done by other people outside the group, and members of the group can repeat the same task over time.

I am looking for the opposite form of "Who was the last person to carry out the task"? Would the question "Who hasn't done the task the longest?" be correct?

To deepen the example let's take the following scenario:

  • 60 days ago the task was completed by Person A
  • 50 days ago the task was completed by Person B
  • 40 days ago the task was completed by Person C
  • 30 days ago the task was completed by Person B
  • 20 days ago the task was completed by Person B

I want to find out who has NOT done the task in the longest time (Person A) - or the opposite of the last person who has completed the task.

What would be the right question to find out?

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  • In your set of examples, B is the latest or last person to do the job, and A is the first or earliest person to do the job.
    – Greybeard
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 9:33
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    ............... 'Who's due?' // 'Whose latest turn was least recent?' Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 11:54
  • "Who did the task least recently?"
    – Dan
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 19:40
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    @Dan ah that would work! Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 14:44
  • @Greybeard thank you for your comment but A is not the first person (others might have done the task before him) Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 14:45

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You could say:

Who's gone the longest since doing the dishes?

If the "task" is something people want to do, you could replace gone with waited or a similar verb.

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  • Perfect! That's what I was looking for! Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 14:39
  • So just to be clear, saying "Who hasn't done the dishes the longest?" is not correct? Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 14:41
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    Who hasn't done the dishes the longest sounds very strange to me; I don't believe it's something a native English speaker would say. Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 14:47
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While the question is very unclear to me, but since you used "Who hasn't done the task the longest?" as a reference to your objective, I would suggest "Who was unable to carry out the task the longest?" or "Who was struggling to complete the task the longest?"

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