“Late” is not the same as “lately.”
Late is the opposite of early. They are both adjectives, and must modify nouns.
- “James will be late today. He will arrive after the meeting begins.”
Lately means recently, or close to now. Lately is an adverb.
- “I’ve taken a lot of classes in English lately.”
Lately can also move around in the sentence, like other adverbs:
- “Lately, I’ve taken a lot of English classes.”