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    Default "Were you late?" Is this correct?

    Hi,

    I am a beginner.

    If I want to ask person, whether he is late to office. How should I ask him?

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    Default Re: "Were you late?" Is this correct?

    That would depend:

    "Were you late (today/yesterday/this morning)?" is correct for one specific time.
    "Are you (always/usually) late?" is correct if you are asking about that person's habit of being late. It could also imply that it bothers you.

    There are more possibilities, depending on different contexts.

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    Default Re: "Were you late?" Is this correct?

    Some examples:

    Outside the door: 'Are you late?'/'No, I'm on holiday. But there's something I need to do.'
    In work, in the afternoon: 'Were you late this morning?'
    Seeing someone arrive 20 minutes early: 'Are you ever late?'
    Etc, etc, as charliedeut said.

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    Default Re: "Were you late?" Is this correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Some examples:

    Outside the door: 'Are you late?'/'No, I'm on holiday. But there's something I need to do.'
    In work, in the afternoon: 'Were you late this morning?'
    Seeing someone arrive 20 minutes early: 'Are you ever late?'
    Etc, etc, as charliedeut said.

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    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: "Were you late?" Is this correct?

    RajaGanesh, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message and quoting our replies back to us, just click the Like button please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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