get previous month by given date in php

How to get the previous months or previous year by a date in php

<?php 
$first_end = date ( 'Y-m', strtotime ( '-1 month' ) );
?>

for the previous year use (-12) instead of  (-1)
<?php
$first_end = date ( 'Y-m', strtotime ( '-12 month' ) );
?>

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