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    I hate to arrive at home late.

    I hate to arrive late at home.

    I hate to arrive at home lately.

    I hate to arrive lately at home.

    I hate to arrive late at home lately.

    Lately I have hated to arrive late at home.

    Hi,
    Which is the correct one, please? Are the two last ones possible?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Do you understand the difference?
    "Late" means "after the time I was supposed to be home" or simply "at an advanced hour of the evening."

    "Lately" means "recently."

    If you are experiencing major troubles in your marriage, you might say "Lately, I hate to get home." or "I hate to get home, lately." That's very different from "I hate to get home late." (Either past dinner time, when you were expected, or simply late at night.)

    You can certainly say things like "Lately, I hate to get home late" but it sounds a little funny, and also implies that in the recent past, you did not mind getting home late.

    {not a teacher}

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you understand the difference?
    "Late" means "after the time I was supposed to be home" or simply "at an advanced hour of the evening."

    "Lately" means "recently."

    If you are experiencing major troubles in your marriage, you might say "Lately, I hate to get home." or "I hate to get home, lately." That's very different from "I hate to get home late." (Either past dinner time, when you were expected, or simply late at night.)

    You can certainly say things like "Lately, I hate to get home late" but it sounds a little funny, and also implies that in the recent past, you did not mind getting home late.

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    Thanks a lot.
    How about the order of appearence of the words in the sentence? Is it possible to say "Lately, I hate to get late at home"?
    Thanks.

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    No, that doesn't work.

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