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    Dear teachers,


    Is the word latest in "Have you seen her latest movie" the superlative of "late" ? I think it is an adjective but not the superlative of "late" because "late" does not bear the meaning of "recently".
    "lately" means "recently". Can I say "the most lately development"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Re: latest, lately

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    Dear teachers,


    Is the word latest in "Have you seen her latest movie" the superlative of "late" ? yes
    I think it is an adjective but not the superlative of "late" because "late" does not bear the meaning of "recently". "late(st)" doesn't necessarily have anything to do with "recently". Her latest movie could have been made years ago.
    "lately" means "recently". Can I say "the most lately development"? No, you can't because "lately" is an adverb and cannot modify the noun "development".

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Jiang
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    Re: latest, lately

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    Could you please explain if you mean I can use "late" instead of "latest" in your sentence "Her latest movie could have been made years ago." ?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: latest, lately

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    Could you please explain if you mean I can use "late" instead of "latest" in your sentence "Her latest movie could have been made years ago." ? No, that is not what I meant. I meant that "late" and "latest" don't really have anything to do with "recently".

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    Re: latest, lately

    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    I think I misunderstood the definitions:
    1. latest: being the newest or most recent or modern
    2. lately: recently
    May I say "most recent" is different from "recently"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


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    Re: latest, lately

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    I think I misunderstood the definitions:
    1. latest: being the newest or most recent or modern
    2. lately: recently
    May I say "most recent" is different from "recently"? Yes, it certainly is different, because "most recent" is an adjective and "recently" is an adverb.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: latest, lately

    Hi,
    I mean the meanings of the two are different, aren't they?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: latest, lately

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi,
    I mean the meanings of the two are different, aren't they? Yes, the meanings are different.
    Suppose three recent events; A, B, AND C; happened in that order. Then C is the most recent event.
    You already know that "recently" means 'lately'.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Re: latest, lately

    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    C is the latest event.
    Jiang
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