Definitions and Examples of early, overdue, late
Learn when and how to use these words with these examples!
Before the expected or usual time; not late.
She arrived early for the meeting, so she had time to prepare her presentation.
Not done or delivered by the expected time; past the deadline.
The library book was overdue by two weeks, so she had to pay a fine.
After the expected or usual time; not on time.
He was late for the appointment because of traffic, so he had to reschedule.
Key Differences: early vs overdue vs late
- 1Early refers to a time frame before the expected or usual time.
- 2Overdue refers to a task or delivery that is past the deadline.
- 3Late refers to a time frame after the expected or usual time.
Effective Usage of early, overdue, late
- 1Time Management: Use these antonyms to communicate deadlines and expected arrival times effectively.
- 2Responsibility: Use overdue to remind someone of an unfinished task or unreturned item.
- 3Politeness: Use early and late to apologize for arriving too soon or too late.
The antonyms of due describe different time frames in relation to a deadline or expected time of arrival. Use early for a time frame before the expected time, overdue for a task or delivery that is past the deadline, and late for a time frame after the expected time. Use these words to manage time effectively, remind someone of an unfinished task, or apologize for arriving too soon or too late.