Late vs. lately
1) Late (adjective) – near the end of a period of time.
- We had to reschedule the programme due to his late arrival.
- He’s probably in his late thirties.
2) Late (adjective) – refers to someone who has died.
- She gave her late husband’s clothes to charity.
3) Late (adverb)
- She arrived late.
- It happened late in 1990.
- When Jithu came home late his mother scolded him.
Lately (adverb) = RECENTLY
We use ‘lately’ usually in Present perfect tense. Please note that it is not the adverb of ‘late’.
- She hasn’t been looking well lately. (i.e., recently)
- Freddy’s been in high spirits lately.
- Tomi has been getting up to all sorts of mischief lately.
Note: ‘Recently’ can be used in Present Perfect tense and Past tense as well.
- When I met him recently he was OK.