Late or early in French


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28 March 2017

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Late or early in French

What is used most often in French, the “être” expression or the “avoir” expression? The “avoir” expression sounds like an intangible expression of quantity, j’ai deux bouteilles de lait mais j’ai deux heures de retard ou deux heures d’avance.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Expressing timeliness (late, early) - precise"


Kwiziq language super star

31 March 2017


Bonjour William ! Based on my own usage, I'd say I tend to use the "avoir" expression more often, but I don't know if you can make a rule of it :) Both are perfectly colloquial. Bonne journée !

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