late vs former : Common Errors in English

About late vs former

If you want to refer to your former husband, don’t call him your “latehusband” unless he’s dead.

late Meaning(s)

  • (a) being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
  • (s) after the expected or usual time; delayed
  • (s) of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
  • (s) having died recently
  • (a) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
  • (a) at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
  • (s) (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
  • (r) later than usual or than expected
  • (r) to an advanced time
  • (r) at an advanced age or stage
  • (r) in the recent past

former Meaning(s)

  • (n) the first of two or the first mentioned of two
  • (a) referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)
  • (s) belonging to some prior time
  • (s) (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
  • (s) belonging to the distant past

late in News

  1. Bruins DieHard: Late-Season Issues Resurface In Chicago

    Some late-season issues resurfaced for the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks, which could be a recipe for disaster.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: CBS Boston

  2. Financial stocks lead late equities market rally

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Financial stocks jumped on Thursday in a late day rally after a report the Federal Reserve will use its meeting next week to try to calm market fears the central bank is close to raising short-term interest rates. Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke will stress any move to reduce the quantitative easing program will not mean it is close to the end of the program, said a ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Market Watch

  3. "The Tonight Show," "Late Night" Continue to Top Late-Night Timeslot Competition for Week of June 3-7

    NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of June 3-7.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Futon Critic

former in News

  1. Former Argentina president gets 7 years in prison for weapons smuggling

    Former Argentine President Carlos Menem was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday for illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia in violation of international embargoes in the 1990s.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Fox News

  2. Former Spain midfielder Senna inks with Cosmos

    Former Spanish national team midfielder Marcos Senna has signed with the New York Cosmos, who start play in August in the second-tier North American Soccer League.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

  3. Former Iran President Opposes Election Boycott

    Influential former Iranian president urges voters to reject election boycott calls        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC News

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