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    until late

    Simon told me "I have a lot of work to do recently"

    Can I respond as follows?

    1. Do you need to stay up late for your work?
    2. Do you need to work until late at night?
    3. When do you usually leave your office these days?

    Any natural way of conveying the above messages?

    Thanks!

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    Re: until late

    Before we consider your responses, let's find out what Simon meant.

    First you should ask him if he meant 'I have had a lot of work to do recently' or 'I have a lot of work to do at the moment', as the present tense does not belong with recently.


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    Re: until late

    1 is OK. Better: Have you had to stay up late for your work?

    2 is OK but just a bit stiff. "Do you need to work late?" is better.

    3 is fine.

    But all of these assume you know him quite well. If not, "I'm sorry to hear that" may be the best reply.

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    Re: until late

    He meant he has had a lot of work to do recently.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Before we consider your responses, let's find out what Simon meant.

    First you should ask him if he meant 'I have had a lot of work to do recently' or 'I have a lot of work to do at the moment', as the present tense does not belong with recently.


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    Re: until late

    Can I say "Do you need to work late these days?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    1 is OK. Better: Have you had to stay up late for your work?

    2 is OK but just a bit stiff. "Do you need to work late?" is better.

    3 is fine.

    But all of these assume you know him quite well. If not, "I'm sorry to hear that" may be the best reply.

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    Re: until late

    He meant he has had a lot of work to do recently.
    In that case:

    1. Have you had to stay up late for your work?

    2. Did you have to work until late at night?


    3.
    When do you usually leave your office these days? The question is fine but it has no direct bearing on Simon's statement.

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    Re: until late

    Can I say "Did you have to work late these days?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In that case:

    1. Have you had to stay up late for your work?

    2. Did you have to work until late at night?


    3.
    When do you usually leave your office these days? The question is fine but it has no direct bearing on Simon's statement.

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    Re: until late

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Can I say "Did you have to work late these days?" ? A single question mark suffices.
    No — for the same reason that 'I have a lot of work to do recently' is wrong: it mixes up present and past.

    'Did you have' is past and 'these days' is present.

    Rover

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    Re: until late

    Having a lot of work to do doesn't necessarily mean that he has to stay late at work anyway. Perhaps he goes into work earlier in the mornings. Perhaps he works through his lunch break. Perhaps he just works even harder than usual during his normal working hours.

    - I have had a lot of work to do recently.
    - Oh really? How have you dealt with that?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: until late

    So I should say "do you have to work late these days?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No for the same reason that 'I have a lot of work to do recently' is wrong: it mixes up present and past.

    'Did you have' is past and 'these days' is present.

    Rover

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