être en retard à l'école


do you say: to be late at school or to be late to school
I thought it was 'at' but I've just seen 'to', that's why I'm asking
Thx for your help
  • Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    I've always said "to be late for school."
    "He was late to school" sounds okay to my ear, and
    I would understand it as "He was late getting to school."
    "He was late at school" sounds definitely wrong to me.


    Senior Member
    It's somewhat outdated, but you could say (especially if you are a child): I'm tardy for school.
    For me, "tardy" is used more for administrative purposes, e.g.—Teachers [will] mark students as tardy if they are/arrive late [to class]. Remember, 3 tardies (sp) count(s) as 1 absence.
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