belated work


Senior Member
Iran ,( Persian)Farsi
Hi everyone,

Can I use " belated" in the following sentence.

I have been busy doing my belated work since I got back.

Do you have any suggestion what other words, phrases or slang I can use instead of ' belated'?

thank you
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    Senior Member
    American English
    I wouldn't use belated -- for a single word, perhaps overdue.

    As a sentence: I've been busy catching up on my work since I got back. ("catching up" has the connotation that you are behind in your work.)


    Senior Member
    Iran ,( Persian)Farsi
    Can we also use ' backlog' to say the same thing? If yes, how can we put it in the sentence to mean this?
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    Senior Member
    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    I'd also like to know if "backlog" can be used in this way. This's a word I've come across very often in game forums, in which it means an accumulation of uncompleted games a gamer has.


    Senior Member
    English - US
    A backlog is work that you haven't done yet, it's not belated until you have done it and turned it in after the deadline. Your backlog may not even be late.
    You get one piece of work each day of the week.
    They are all due on Friday.
    If you wait until Friday to start, you have a backlog of four items (the item you could have done on Monday, the item you could have done on Tuesday, ...) and one current item.
    You finish the first four items on Friday and turn them in. They were your backlog but you finished them on time.
    You turn in the last item on the following Monday. It is late. It is a belated item, but was never part of your backlog (it was always the current item, the item on top of your stack of work).
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