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    #1

    Sleep/eat/call Late?

    1) Sorry for calling you so late.
    2) Do you guys always eat/sleep this late?

    When you say 'late' does it mean late at night only? Or can it also mean late than usual. Can I use sentence 1 if I was supposed to call someone at 7 but called them at 8.

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    #2

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    #1 would be used almost exclusively for late at night- for me that means after about 9pm, but that's just me. Personal calls are welcome much later than business calls. If I was supposed to call someone at 7 but I called them at 8, I would say something like, 'Sorry I'm a little late in calling.' It's not really the same as "calling late".

    #2 can be any time of day and is quite subjective. A person used to getting up at 5am might say that to another coming out of their bedroom at 7:00.

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    #3

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    A person used to getting up at 5am might say that to another coming out of their bedroom at 7:00.
    This confuses me a bit. The person is talking about waking up late? But I thought it meant going to sleep late. Like if someone's playing video games at 3 a.m and his friend says 'do you always sleep this late?'

    Or 'do you always eat this late' to someone who's having dinner at 3 a.m.

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    #4

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    You can use "late" with anything. And, as J&K said, it's subjective.
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    #5

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    This confuses me a bit. The person is talking about waking up late? But I thought it meant going to sleep late. Like if someone's playing video games at 3 a.m. and his friend says 'do you always stay up this late?'

    Or 'do you always eat this late' to someone who's having dinner at 3 a.m.
    I think that's what you meant.
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    #6

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    This confuses me a bit. The person is talking about waking up late? But I thought it meant going to sleep late. Like if someone's playing video games at 3 a.m and his friend says 'do you always sleep this late?'

    Or 'do you always eat this late' to someone who's having dinner at 3 a.m.
    Dinner at 3am is not a late dinner- it's an early breakfast!

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    #7

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    There are so few situations in which someone would be eating dinner at 3am that we rarely need to refer to it. It would probably happen only with people with a very strange shift pattern at work or during Ramadan.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    I probably wouldn't call it dinner. Perhaps a midnight (or middle of the night) snack.
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    #9

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    In English "sleep late" (by itself) means to sleep until it's late (i.e., wake up late). If we're talking about staying up late the night before, and the going to sleep, we might say "go to sleep late".
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    #10

    Re: Sleep/eat/call Late?

    I agree with Bubbha- in BrE, you would have to go to bed or sleep late here. If you sleep late, you're asleep well through the morning.

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