Just in time vs. good timing


Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
If when an elevator almost closes, a person enters it and then the door closes. As a person in the elevator who observed this, can I say to him "good timing" and he might say "just in time". Am I right? Thank you.
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Yes. That is a realistic conversation.

    Either person might use the phrase "just in time" (You were just in time. I was just in time.)

    The other phrase is a compliment (You had good timing. Your timing was good.) so it makes sense for the observor to say (as in your example).
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