Which sentence is grammatically correct ?

I am getting late.

It's getting late for me.

  • This is an interesting question, but it would be a better ELL question if you took the time to tell us where you found these sentences, and why you're asking. I can't tell if you are trying to write something on your own and struggling to figure out which one is correct, or if you're just getting some help on a homework problem. (Either one is okay, but my answer might change depending on what you are trying to learn.)
    – J.R.
    Dec 21 '17 at 15:20

"I am getting late" is understood but not the common way people say it. The common way is "I am running late".

"It is getting late" is used to say that time is passing and especially that evening or late evening is coming. "It is getting late for me" means that "by my standards or needs it's getting late". This means that "for someone else it might not be getting late just yet but for me it already is".

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    Actually It's getting late for me is idiomatic. I would use that if we are out somewhere and I want to go home.
    – mplungjan
    Dec 21 '17 at 12:35
  • @mplungjan Maybe, I'm non-native, I feel it sounds like "For me (in my way) it is getting late" - not for everyone else maybe. Dec 21 '17 at 12:43
  • I know - you are Russian :) - have a look google.nl/…
    – mplungjan
    Dec 21 '17 at 12:45
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    Native US English speaker here: It's getting late is, as you say, the standard way of saying that the hour is late, but adding for me adds the sense that it is late by my standards or needs.
    – stangdon
    Dec 21 '17 at 14:28
  • @stangdon oh, that's how it works. Thnx. Dec 21 '17 at 14:31

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