General Writing and Grammar Help/Due vs. overdue

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Dear Ted:

When it comes to business, is there a difference between "to be due" and "to be overdue"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  

When it comes to business, is there a difference between "to be due" and "to be overdue"?

*** Paolo, there is a BIG difference.  If a bill is DUE, its "due date" has not yet been
reached.  However, if the bill is OVERDUE, it is past its "due date."

EXAMPLES:

My rent is due on the first day of each month.

My last car payment will be due on March 30.

John has ten books that are overdue at the library.

If your account becomes overdue, you will be charged a late fee.


Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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