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    sunsunmoon is offline Member
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    Default to be late "to do" / "doing" something

    1. to be late to do something
    2. to be late doing something
    Are both correct? Do they mean the same thing?

    Owen Hargreaves's timekeeping causes anger | Manchester United - Times Online
    He was late to arrive at Manchester airport on Monday morning before the squad flew to Italy for their Champions League quarter-final, first leg away to AS Roma.

    Anna Nicole Smith's Funeral: Inside the Service - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
    Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, was late to arrive at the service due to filing an emergency legal motion to halt the burial of her daughter.

    South Florida Times: Miami , Broward, Palm Beach, Breaking News & Weather at SFLTimes.com - Around South Florida with Elgin Jones 07-14-11
    Ronald Rohde, 52, of Boynton Beach was late paying his rent, so his roommate set him on fire.

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    Default Re: to be late "to do" / "doing" something

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    1. to be late to do something
    2. to be late doing something
    Are both correct? Do they mean the same thing?

    Owen Hargreaves's timekeeping causes anger | Manchester United - Times Online
    He was late to arrive at Manchester airport on Monday morning before the squad flew to Italy for their Champions League quarter-final, first leg away to AS Roma.

    Anna Nicole Smith's Funeral: Inside the Service - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
    Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, was late to arrive at the service due to filing an emergency legal motion to halt the burial of her daughter.

    South Florida Times: Miami , Broward, Palm Beach, Breaking News & Weather at SFLTimes.com - Around South Florida with Elgin Jones 07-14-11
    Ronald Rohde, 52, of Boynton Beach was late paying his rent, so his roommate set him on fire.
    Either form could be used with the same meaning in the examples you posted. AND I would be very careful of any relationship with Ronald Rohde's roommate.
    Last edited by billmcd; 18-Jul-2011 at 19:39.

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