Delay you


Senior Member
Arabic- Egyptian
I work as an online teacher on skype. At the end of one of my sessions, the student told me that he would go then because he didn't want to (.............) me.
He meant to say "I don't want to be the cause for you being late for the next class".
I'm not sure what verb should be used in the blank, but it's something along the lines of "delay" or "keep you late".
Can you help with the choice of words , please?
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    Yes, but in your context the student would say that to you.

    You could also say (at least in American English) "I don't want to keep you" or "I don't want to hold you up."


    Senior Member
    I think my most common option would be "I don't want to make you late". :) After that, "I don't want to keep you/Don't let me keep you" and 'I don't want to hold you up". "Delay" sounds fairly formal to me in this context.
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