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    * I worked very lately.

    How would you correct this one?

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    Default Re: very late

    i owrked really late




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    Default Re: very late

    Quote Originally Posted by deleter154 View Post
    i owrked really late



    Is it okay to say : I worked until late night.

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    Colloquially, 'I worked very late.' as you obviously judging by the title of this thread, is acceptable English and may well be what the student meant. However, 'lately' means 'recently' so theoretically, at least, the student could have meant that until recently he or she had a job but now doesn't. Only context will help us to understand this.

    The most likely meaning is of course the former. I think, I would point out to the student this possible second meaning and ask whether this was what they intended to say. This would help the student to understand the difference between the two words.

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    Default Re: very late

    He shared how he pulled an all-nighter last night.

    Is saying "I worked until late night." wrong?

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    No, 'I worked until late night.' would be wrong. Perhaps 'I worked until quite late last night.' would be acceptable.

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    Default Re: very late

    How would you say it yourself Horsa, telling someone that you actually worked until about 12 am?

    How about : "I worked very late last night."
    - But this seems to have no stress on what time he finished his task.

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    Default Re: very late

    I worked until late at night.

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    Wink Re: very late

    'I worked very lately' - this thread appears in isolation (no context provided). The word 'very' sets limitation to the interpretation of the thread. It can only be explained as the speaker stating that he/she had worked really late. Therefore it can be accurately written as " i worked really late".

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    Well Blouen, If I wanted to really emphasise it, I would do it with intonation and say something like

    I worked really late last night.

    or possibly

    I worked til midnight last night.



    Govin - I agree with your reasoning but in my experience students are likely to misuse 'very' as well, so without context it's not safe to assume that they have used it correctly.

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