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Je suis dix minutes en retard?

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alison

Kwiziq community member

30 January 2018

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Je suis dix minutes en retard?

Can you tell me what is incorrect : Je suis dix minutes en retard? Should it be "je suis en retard de dix minutes"?

This relates to:
Expressing timeliness (late, early) - precise -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 January 2018

30/01/18

It is either: 



1) J'ai dix minutes de retard.
I have 10 minutes of delay.


2) Je suis en retard de dix minutes. 
I am in delay of 10 minutes.



Please note that the English translations are only meant as a mnemonic and not real translations.


In French, you either "have xx minutes of delay" or "you are in delay of xx minutes."


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

alison

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2018

31/01/18

Thanks Chris but you haven’t really answered my question- is “ je suis dix minutes en retard “ incorrect? Ii is marked down as being so.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2018

31/01/18

Sorry, I wasn't being entirely clear, I guess. Yes, "je suis dix minutes en retard" is incorrect. The only two possibilites are the ones I cited in my first reply.

-- Chris.

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