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@EG posted:

I like the feeling of the explanations.  However, a very obvious difference could be the quantity of time.

If today is Monday, last week could refer to something that happened on Friday, for example.  That is 3 days ago.

Actually, "last week" could refer to any day last week — it could be the case that he plays every day, and that he didn't play a single day during the period defined as "last week."

I understand your point about "a week ago" being more precise and therefore less frequent than "last week," but the fact that it carries the connotation discussed further above is undeniable — most speakers will say "I didn't play tennis last week" rather than "I didn't play tennis a week ago" even if they mean to say "I didn't play tennis this day last week."

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