General Writing and Grammar Help/Be late - run late

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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to BE late" and "to RUN late"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  
Is there a difference between "to BE late" and "to RUN late"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

*** RUN LATE is an idiomatic expression, used in some parts of this country.  Its usage is almost always in the progressive form:  I am RUNNING late.

*** Use BE LATE generally.  EXAMPLES:  I am afraid that I will BE LATE for work.  BEING LATE is a "pet peeve" of mine.

Some people say things like "The bus is RUNNING LATE this morning."  What they really mean is that the bus is NOT on its usual schedule.

Ted

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