▪ current , present
▪ coming , ensuing , following , next
▪ last , past , preceding , previous , recent
▪ closing , early
the early ~s of the 19th century
▪ entire , full , whole
almost a full ~ of unparalleled economic growth
VERB + DECADE
Hines has spent the last ~ in Austin, Texas.
a career spanning four ~s
Now entering her fourth ~, the singer is living alone in New York.
DECADE + VERB
▪ elapse , go by , pass
This ~ has passed uneventfully.
▪ begin , open , start
This ~ began badly for us.
▪ close , end
▪ see sth , witness sth
The past ~ has seen a huge rise in the number of broadband users.
▪ during a/the ~ , in a/the ~ , over a/the ~ , throughout a/the ~
▪ for a/the ~
▪ within a/the ~