Quick answer
"Later on" is a phrase which is often translated as "más tarde", and "late" is an adjective which is often translated as "tarde". Learn more about the difference between "later on" and "late" below.
later on(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (afterward)
a. más tarde
We just got back from the movies, and we're going to the park later on.Acabamos de regresar del cine, y más tarde vamos al parque.
b. más adelante
Remember your questions. There will be time to ask them later on.Recuerden sus preguntas. Habrá tiempo para hacerlas más adelante.
c. después
Don't worry about dinner. I'll make it later on.No se preocupen por la cena. Yo la hago después.
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late(
leyt
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (after scheduled time)
a. tarde (adverb)
Rebecca was late again.Rebecca llegó tarde otra vez.
b. atrasado
My tenant is late with the rent again this month.El inquilino está atrasado con la renta otra vez este mes.
c. retrasado
We will have a late departure due to bad weather.La salida será retrasada debido al mal tiempo.
2. (after usual time)
a. tarde (adverb)
We had a late lunch after the long walk.Almorzamos tarde después del largo paseo.
b. tardío
This variety of flowers is late blooming.Esta variedad de flores es de floración tardía.
3. (towards the end of the day)
a. tarde (adverb)
I won't be going out now. It's too late for me.No voy a salir ahora. Es demasiado tarde para mí.
4. (toward the latter part of a period of time)
a. último
We enjoyed a late morning breakfast in the garden.Disfrutamos un desayuno a última hora de la mañana en el jardín.
b. a finales de
I saw him in late summer.Lo vi a finales del verano.
c. tardío
My son's going to a lecture on music in the late Middle Ages.Mi hijo va a asistir a una clase sobre la música del Medioevo tardío.
5. (deceased)
a. difunto
The late Mr. Johnson took good care of his garden.El difunto Sr. Johnson cuidaba muy bien de su jardín.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (after scheduled time)
a. tarde
You arrived an hour late.Llegaste una hora tarde.
b. de retraso
The plane landed four hours late.El avión aterrizó con cuatro horas de retraso.
7. (toward the latter part of a period)
a. tarde
We are going to close late today because of the sales.Vamos a cerrar tarde hoy debido a las rebajas.
b. hasta tarde
My sister sleeps in late on Saturdays.Mi hermana duerme hasta tarde los sábados.
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