Learn English – what are the differences between “past week” and “last week”?


What are the the differences in meaning between the following phrases:

past week


last week

Please try to explain it with as many examples as possible!

Best Answer

The difference is "past week" would be to count back exactly a week from now, while "last week" is the calendar week preceding the present week. "Past week" is usually used when going through something/event. "Last week" is usually used to point to that particular week.


For the past week, it was raining heavily.

Last week, it was raining heavily.