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    #1

    the late

    What does the late mean here?

    Harold Norton, son of Mr Charles Norton of 26 Pine Close, Farley, and the late Mrs Elsie Norton to Mary Elizabeth Sutcliffe, daughter of the late Mr Ernest and Mrs fean Sutcliffe, of 119 Oak Avenue, Earley, at St.Andrew's Church.
    (From a textbook, an advertisement of marriage)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: the late

    The late Mrs Elsie Norton is no longer with us. See has shuffled off her mortal coil. She has snuffed it, kicked the bucket. She has gone to the happy hunting ground. She is no longer in the land of the living. She has passed (away). She is with the Python parrot. To put it crudely, she is dead.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Aug-2016 at 22:13.

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    #3

    Re: the late

    I have it on good authority she's not dead, she's merely pining for the fjords.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: the late

    If you're not baffled enough by the last two posts, you can complete your confusion by watching the full (wonderful) Monty Python sketch HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: the late

    Some of my favorites:

    pushing up daises
    examining radishes/carrots/grass from below
    picking turnips with a ladder
    renting/bought a pinewood condo
    six feet under
    taking a dirt nap
    liquidated
    in the fertilizer business now
    breathless
    room temperature
    kicked the bucket
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #6

    Re: the late

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Some of my favorites:

    room temperature
    Where I live the room temperature was sometimes about 38 C (=100,4 F) this summer.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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