lateness / delay

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Wizy, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. Wizy Senior Member

    Châlons en Champagne
    France & French

    Quelle est la difference entre delay et lateness? Il m est difficile de la saisir. Le 2 exprime le retard comment les utiliser? Merci.

    Ex :
    Sorry for my lateness.
    Sorry for my delay.

  2. wildan1

    wildan1 Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)

    Hello Wizy,

    In your example, both are possible.

    More generally:
    Lateness is a description of being late--whether specific or general.
    Delay is specific to one event or situation. This flight will have a two-hour delay.

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