I was asked to write "I am 10 minutes late" and I wrote "Je suis dix minutes en retard". I was told that this is incorrect, and the correct answer is "J'ai dix minutes de retard". Don't they both mean the same thing? Was I wrong?
Check the lesson. It is either one of the two options:
"Je suis en retard de dix minutes" or "j'ai dix minutes de retard".
I think that you may find it helpful to consider what être means and that is, a "state of being".
So "Je suis en retard (a state of being late) de (by) dix minutes."
With "avoir" you have (J'ai) a measurable degree (dix minutes) of lateness (de retard).
This works for me, it might help you?
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Just had the same thing happen to me! I believe both are correct.
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