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    Late?

    What's different between Late and Belated?

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    Re: Late?

    Belated = not only late, but later than would have been appropriate. So if you're late sending someone a birthday card, you often say (indeed, there are cards that have these words printed) 'Belated birthday wishes'.

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    Re: Late?

    So can we say: a Late birthday?

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    Re: Late?

    - it's not the birthday that is late, it's the wishes. And not only do they arrive late, but they were also sent too late, so they're belated.

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    Re: Late?

    But why don't why say: It's a late birthday? What do you mean of "It's the wishes", Bobk?

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    Re: Late?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    But why don't why say: It's a late birthday? What do you mean of "It's the wishes", Bobk?
    What I meant by "It's the wishes" was 'The wishes are the thing that is belated.' The birthday itself is an unchanging date; it can't be late

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