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What does

I have been out late the night before

mean?

Does it mean that I come back home late?

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    It means you got your tenses mixed up. – Hot Licks Mar 29 at 2:11
  • What @HotLicks said. The easiest fix is to change “have” to “had”. – Jim Mar 29 at 2:29
  • @HotLicks Not necessarily so, it depends on the context. It would be quite permissible to say "I'm always slow in the morning when I have been out late the night before". – BoldBen Mar 29 at 7:07
  • "to be out late" means that you were out later than usual in the evening. It normally refers to a situation where you go out for the evening and don't come home until later than usual, but could mean going out in the middle of the night for an errand/to the late-night shop/etc. – Stuart F Mar 29 at 8:15

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