We use the term “latter” when we’re referring to the last out of a pair of options. However, the term “latter” is only applicable when we are speaking about two options. Therefore, we must use a different phrase or term when referring to a list with more than two options.
The preferred version is “the last”. This is because we can functionally and accurately use the term “the last” to refer to the last option on a list that has more than two options. When we use “the last” we are referring to the final presented option.
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We can use the term “the last” to properly express or depict to someone that we have selected the final of all of the options that are presented to us. The term “the last” is appropriate to use, regardless of how many options are presented.
It’s also worth noting that the term “the last” we be very easily understood by an English speaker, as it is a very commonly used term.
Here are a few examples of how we can use this term:
- I would prefer the last type of beer that you listed.
- I feel like the last color suits my personality the best.
- I would like to rent the last movie that you mentioned, as it sounds interesting.
We can choose to use the term “the final” very similar to how we would use “the last”. This is because we are once again openly and plainly stating that we would appreciate or highly prefer the last option that was presented to us.
“The final” is another common term that will generally be understood by any English speaker. The term “the final” also carries a level of certainty with it and is usually not questioned.
We will now look over the following examples that highlight the use of this term:
- Of all the options presented, I am going to go with the final one.
- The final option suits me the best and I’ll be happy with it.
- I think the final option is what I’m looking for, but thank you.
Penultimate and Ultimate
We can use the terms “penultimate and ultimate” similarly to our other alternate terms and phrases. This is because the “penultimate” refers to the second to last choice in a list of options, while the “ultimate” refers to the last choice in a list of options.
Therefore, when we are choosing to select or acknowledge the final two options in a list of two or more, we can accurately use the terms “penultimate and ultimate”.
For additional clarity on the use of these terms, here are some examples:
- I will select the penultimate and ultimate flavors – thank you!
- Of all the choices, I preferred the penultimate and ultimate.
- You know, I’m thinking that I will go with the penultimate and ultimate options.
The Hindmost Option
We can choose to use the phrase “the hindmost option”, similarly to how we would use “the latter”, however, we can use “the hindmost option” when we are describing the last option in a list that includes more than two options.
When we say that we select “the hindmost option”, we are stating that our preference is with the one that was presented last or comes at the end of a long list of choices.
Some examples of how we can use this particular phrase in a sentence are:
- I would like to select the hindmost option if it is still available.
- The hindmost option is the one that suits my lifestyle the most.
- I think I will go with the hindmost option but thank you for showing me the others.
The Rearmost Option
We can choose to use the phrase “the rearmost option” very consistent with how we will use “the hindmost option”. This is because when we use the phrase “the rearmost option”, we are speaking about the option that is bringing up the rear or at the end.
When we say “the rearmost option”, we want to ensure that we are in fat selecting or speaking about the last available option, or this could come off as conflicting or confusing to an audience.
We can now read over the following various examples that indicate how to use this phrase:
- I would like the rearmost option that you have presented, thank you.
- I think the rearmost option appeals to me the most.
- The rearmost option seems to be built well, so I will go with that.
The One At The End
Another excellent alternative phrase that we can choose to use is “the one at the end”. This is another phrase that refers very specifically to the item, flavor, product, etc., that is at the very end of a list of choices.
We will use “the one at the end” to be blunt and straightforward about what we are selecting. We can use “the option at the end” regardless of whether the list has three items or many more.
Here are some examples that accurately portray how this phrase could be used:
- I prefer the one at the end of your list, thank you.
- I think the one at the end of the lot is exactly what we’ve been looking for.
- The one at the end is what I have my sights set on.
The Endmost Option
We can choose to use “the endmost option” very similarly to all of our other alternate phrases and terms. This is because the phrase “the endmost option” refers directly to the last option in a group or list of other options.
When we say “the endmost option” we are clearly stating that we prefer whatever option has come at the end of a list. This phrase could even be changed to “the endmost options” if we are referring to the last two or three options.
For additional information on how to use this phrase, here are some examples to look over:
- The endmost option really stood out to me!
- I think the endmost option is along the lines of what I need.
- The endmost option seems to be preferred amongst the family.
The Closing Choice
When we choose to use the phrase “the closing choice”, we are referring to the last or the final choice that has been presented to us. This can be from a vast or small list of choices; however, we are still referring to the final one that was given to us.
This is another phrase that is a superb option when we are referring to multiple options that are at the end of a list, as we can change it to “the closing choices”.
We will now look over the following examples that include the use of this specific phrase in a sentence:
- I prefer the closing choice, but what is your opinion?
- Of all the choices presented, I felt the most drawn to the closing choice.
- Well, I’m happy to hear the two of you have selected the closing choice on the list.
The Concluding Option
We will use the phrase “the concluding option” very similarly to “the closing choice” and many of our other alternate phrases. When we say “the concluding option” we are referring to the final option that was presented to us on a list.
This is another great option to use when we are selecting multiple options at the end of a list, as we could easily say “the concluding options” – referring to the last two or three.
For further information and clarity on the use of this particular phrase, we can check out the following examples:
- The concluding option is preferable to me, but I will have to see if my wife agrees.
- Contrary to your opinion, I believe the concluding option on the list is the most reasonable.
- I feel that the concluding option on your list is my favorite, so thank you for your assistance.
The Bottommost Option
The final alternate phrase that we will be going over is “the bottommost option”. When we choose to use the phrase “the bottommost option” we are once again referring to the last or bottom option on a list of choices, items, etc.
When we say “the bottommost”, it is clear to our audience that we are referring to whatever has come at the bottom of a list.
Finally, we will go over the last examples of this article, which includes the use of this phrase:
- I think I will go with the bottommost option but thank you for all of the suggestions.
- I like the bottommost option for flavors on your list.
- The bottommost option on the list seems to be the most financially responsible for me.
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