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    Hello there.

    Anybody could help me with this sentence?

    We were late boarding the plane.

    Is this Past Progressive?
    If so, is "late" adverb?
    Last edited by gchman; 20-May-2009 at 15:28.

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    Re: late boarding

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    Anybody could help me with this sentence?

    We were late boarding the plane.

    Is this Past Progressive?
    If so, is "late" adverb?
    What a fabulous question.

    If late is an adjective, then that would make boarding the plane an adjective complement (Cf. a meaning similar to ungrammatical *We were late to board the plane).

    If late isn't an adjective, then it would be an adverb situated in the middle of a progressive construct (Cf. adverb placement in We were boarding the plane late. Here late modifies boarding, whereas in your example, late post-modifies the verb, We were late.)

    Consider,


    • We were happily boarding the train. <adverb>
    • We were happy boarding the train. <adjective>
    • We were happy to board the train. <adjective>


    • We were late boarding the train. <adverb>
    • We were late to board the train.


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    Re: late boarding

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    What a fabulous question.

    Consider,


    • We were happily boarding the train. <adverb>
    • We were happy boarding the train. <adjective>
    • We were happy to board the train. <adjective>


    • We were late boarding the train. <adverb>
    • We were late to board the train.
    Given...

    * We were happily.
    * We were happy. <adjective>
    * We were too happily to board the train.
    * We were too happy to board the train. <adjective>

    * We were late. <adjective>
    * We were too late to board the train. <adjective>

    Is it really ungrammatical to say:
    * We were late to board the train.

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