View Poll Results: In the sentence "John woke up late" what is "late"?

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    Adjective or Adverb?

    Please help to identify whether the word late is an adjective or an adverb? and please reason out why...
    John woke up late, and ended up missing his school.

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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Esuru View Post
    Please help to identify whether the word late is an adjective or an adverb? and please reason out why...
    John woke up late, and ended up missing his school.
    Welcome to the forums. It could be either, which would you choose, you may as well choose one because you are probably going to get a variety of opinions. I would leave out "his" it's not very natural.

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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would leave out "his" it's not very natural.
    In Turkish, we say the same way (your/his/her school). I'd like to know if this usage (leaving out "his") is peculiar to the word "school" because in English, we can say, let's say, "you'll miss your plane.", "where was your hotel?", etc. Where does using possessive adjectives sound natural or vice versa?
    Last edited by euncu; 19-Feb-2010 at 21:48.

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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Maybe he can leave out "his" because it does not matter which school it is.
    He does not refer to a specific school.
    His plane, his hotel -> specific things.
    Probably the same as "He goes to school" where you leave out the "the".

    P.S: Just a guess.

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Cheers!

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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Esuru View Post
    Please help to identify whether the word late is an adjective or an adverb? and please reason out why...
    John woke up late, and ended up missing his school.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Esuru, good afternoon. Two of my very good dictionaries say that "late" in "arrived late" is an adverb. I believe that you could call it an adverb in your sentence. "Late" seems to tell us when John woke up. Thank you.

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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Welcome to the forums. It could be either, which would you choose, you may as well choose one because you are probably going to get a variety of opinions. I would leave out "his" it's not very natural.
    How, then, can we refer to the fact that that particular day he didn't attend his classes at school?
    Thank you

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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    How, then, can we refer to the fact that that particular day he didn't attend his classes at school?
    Because John woke up late he was unable to attend his classes at school.


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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Because John woke up late he was unable to attend his classes at school.

    Yes; I understand that part. The fact is that some replies make a reference to the specific point of not using "his" school. Hence, my question was : taking into account the first sentence posted, how he/she can say what he/she intended to say but with other words and without changing many things in the sentence.

    Although it may seem so, it is not a tongue-twister.

    Thank you

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    Re: Adjective or Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Yes; I understand that part. The fact is that some replies make a reference to the specific point of not using "his" school. Hence, my question was : taking into account the first sentence posted, how he/she can say what he/she intended to say but with other words and without changing many things in the sentence.

    Although it may seem so, it is not a tongue-twister.

    Thank you
    John woke up late and ended up missing his classes at school.
    But Ron has already given a valid answer which includes the same factual material, and not "his school".

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