214 Late vs Lately & Short vs Shortly – Confusing Adverbs

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As adjectives, late & short have completely different meanings than their adverb forms, lately & shortly For today’s English lesson, let’s learn how to use these adjectives and adverbs in Everyday English.

Here are the example sentences:
Listen to the podcast or the check the transcript for the details

Using “late”

  • The trains and busses in NYC are often late.
  • I was late for work today because of the stupid trains again.
  • Don’t be late. The boss will get angry.

Using “lately”

  • Lately, the weather has been getting warmer.
  • I haven’t see Jack lately. I guess he’s been busy at work.
  • I haven’t eaten sushi lately. Let’s have it for lunch!

Using “short”

  • I am too short to reach the top shelf. Can you hand me that book?
  • I was surprised that the actor is short. He looks tall on TV.
  • This USB cable is short, so I need to move the printer closer to the PC.

Using “shortly”

  • I’ll be finished with this phone call shortly and then we can chat.
  • The taxi should be here shortly, so put on your jacket and get ready.
  • Here is your table. The waiter will be with you shortly.

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