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- simple past tense and past participle of
- Later in relation to the proper time something should have happened.
- Happy belated birthday!
2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport:
- England manager Roy Hodgson instantly restored Rooney after a two-match suspension in place of Andy Carroll with orders to make a belated mark on the campaign after sitting out the draw against France and victory against Sweden.
later in relation to the proper time