difference between Late and delayed

hectacon smart

New Member
Hindi
what is the difference between late and delayed.

you are making me late , you are delaying me.

i was already very late , when person showed up before me and he further delayed me or made me late.

or both are wrong.
 
  • Ann O'Rack

    Senior Member
    UK
    UK English
    You can be delayed but still be on time, so delayed doesn't automatically mean late.

    If you have an appointment at 2pm and it takes you half an hour to get there, if you leave at 1pm with the intention of getting there early and I stop to talk to you for 15 minutes, I will have delayed you, but I haven't made you late because you'll get there at 1:45.
    However, if you leave at 1:30 and I stop to talk to you for 15 minutes, I will have delayed you AND made you late.

    :)
     

    Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Ann gave an excellent example of how you can be delayed but not be late. The other combination is also possible: if I spend too much time eating breakfast and in the shower, so I don't leave home when I should, I might be late for work even though I was not delayed.
     
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