I'm interested in getting a custom license plate, but I'm not exactly sure which is correct and/or makes the most sense. The license plate would imply that I am running late for/to bingo, however I can see how it can be perceived as either a noun (an event) or as an verb (the act of playing bingo). It's similar to the word 'work'. With that being said, is it "late for bingo" or "late to bingo?"

  • What do you know about the use of "for" and "to"? Have you looked at the existing questions covering their use? Sep 27, 2022 at 12:13
  • What's the connection between bingo and a license plate? Sep 27, 2022 at 12:30
  • I suspect that the people who voted to close this question were influenced by the OP's motivation for asking the question. If one ignores that motivation, one will, however, be left with a question that is reasonably clear and within the scope of this site.
    – jsw29
    Sep 27, 2022 at 15:46
  • We usually use late for when referring to an event with a fixed start time. Sep 27, 2022 at 16:14

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is it "late for bingo" or "late to bingo?"

  1. "It was 22:30 when I arrived at the hall and the bingo had finished at 22:00. So I realised I had come late for bingo."

  2. "People usually take to playing bingo in their 50s. I had no interest in bingo until I was 70 but now play twice a week - I came late to bingo."

It seems that you need 1.

  • Excellent distinction.
    – Robusto
    Sep 27, 2022 at 19:46
  • OK, but what about the scenario in which one arrives after the time that is announced as the staring time, but still not so late as to miss the game altogether?
    – jsw29
    Sep 28, 2022 at 15:35
  • @jsw29 in that case, you have not missed it. "I realised I had come late for the start of bingo."
    – Greybeard
    Sep 28, 2022 at 16:12

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