tard et retard


Kwiziq community member

31 July 2017

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tard et retard

hello, what's the difference between etre en tard, and etre en retard

This question relates to:
French lesson "Expressing timeliness (late, early, on time) - in general"


Kwiziq language super star

1 August 2017


Hi Nim - "etre en tard" doesn't exist.

'Tard' expresses the quality of lateness usually with with respect to time of the day or some other event, whereas the 'retard' means late in the sense of being behind a schedule, delayed or dropping behind.

Compare these French expressions with 'tard' with these French expressions with 'retard'.

Notice that 'tard' is an adjective, whereas the expression 'en retard' functions as adverb ('retard' on its own is a noun).

Hope that helps!

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