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WORK LATE vs. LATE FOR WORK   残業する vs. 仕事に遅れて


  • To work late means to continue to do a job after the scheduled (or usual) END of your working hours.

    To be or come late for work means to arrive at your place of work after the scheduled START of your working hours.

    (See the 6 April 2004 WordMaster, “(WORK) HARD vs. HARDLY (WORK)”)
  • work late は、所定の勤務時間が過ぎた後に仕事をする、つまり、残業する、という意味です。

    late for work は、始業時間が過ぎてから仕事場に到着する状況、つまり、仕事に遅れて、という意味です。

    2004/4/6 の WordMaster “(WORK) HARD vs. HARDLY (WORK)” 参照


  1. (calling home from the office)
    I have to work late tonight. You'll have to have dinner without me.
  2. My husband's been working late almost every night this month. I hope things at the office slow down soon.
  3. You'd better hurry or you'll be late for work.
  4. Tom was late for work again. If he's not careful, he's going to lose his job.

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