Should it not be "le virage dernier" rather than "le dernier virage"?

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Should it not be "le virage dernier" rather than "le dernier virage"?

Asked 4 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The question about placement and meaning of adjectives like dernier and prochain comes up a lot. Just for reference, here is the corresponding lesson: Dernier = final/previous (French Adjectives that change meaning according to position)

Le virage dernier -- the previous curve, i.e., the one you passed mosed recently (but there are more possibly more curves ahead)

Le dernier virage -- the last curve of a sequence, i.e., after this the road continues straight.

I have noticed, however, that the version with dernier preceding the noun is given preference. I often hear la dernière fois and rarely la fois dernière, even though the speaker clearly refers to the most recent time and not the last time. I suspect that this rule is not an absolute.

Should it not be "le virage dernier" rather than "le dernier virage"?

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