one hour lag

piotr1980

Senior Member
Polish
Hello,
let's take an example of France and England where there is one hour difference in time.

using the word ''a lag'' can we say :
there is one hour lag between France and England.

Could you please confirm.

many thanks
Piotr
 
  • nzseries1

    Senior Member
    New Zealand - English
    In my opinion:
    No, you can't. A one hour lag means that when France does something, England doesn't register it until an hour later, and vice versa. Or, It takes France/England an hour longer to respond than expected.

    I would say "there is a one hour time difference..."

    A lag is a time delay, not a time difference.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    You could, I suppose refer to the time difference as a "one-hour lag," but I would only use it in an informal context, given that it's, as nzseries1 writes, not accurate or truly descriptive.
     
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