The new definitions are better, thanks. I completely missed the obvious definition of later. Mea culpa. It was, erm, late.
I'm not sure we've completely captured what I was trying to capture, though. On the one hand, not every sense of late can form the comparative, at least not normally: *My late husband is later than your late husband. and on the other hand, not every sense of later can be back-formed to late. In the example I gave, I arrived later. doesn't imply that I arrived late.
I confused the issue a bit by mentioning that more late is rare. It is, but only for the same reason that more big is rare.
It seems worth noting in the entry for late that late meaning dead isn't comparable. I'd also like to somehow mention that I arrived later. doesn't imply I arrived late. as this could well throw off non-native speakers. -dmh 14:19, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)
- It's not necessary to mention that I arrived later doesn't generally imply I arrived late because that's the same with any other comparative: In A is more beautiful than B, A can be ugly. A is faster than B doesn't imply A is fast. Amethyst is redder than azure without being red itself. Ncik 12 Apr 2005
There is a mistake in an example sentence od ADJECTIVE later (I think)... cause "John was later than" indicates later as an adverb and not as an adjective... if I'm wrong, please leave an explanation on my discussion page, so I'll learn something new...
--Phoenix84 08:44, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
- It’s an adverb. —Stephen 12:25, 19 May 2008 (UTC)