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delayed = "retardé"
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late (behind schedule) = "en retard"
/my-languages/french/view/2777 vocabulary

a delay = "un retard"
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I am late. = "Je suis en retard."
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de retard vs. du retard

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Hi Joanne,

The expression is -

‘Avoir du retard’ = To be late /delayed

L’avion que nous attendons a du retard = The plane we are waiting for is late/delayed 

J’ai beaucoup de retard il faut que je me dépêche = I am very late I must hurry

Hope this helps!

Vous êtes arriv________ en retard.

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Hi Simon,

Here,you can write 'Vous êtes arrivé/arrivée' also.

This is because the pronom "Vous" is used for two cases-

1.To refer to an adult (in a singular way)

2.To refer to a group of people (in a plural way)

So depending on the context ,

You may also use 'Vous' with 'arrivé/arrivée' if the sentence talks about a singular person

Hope this helps


Je suis dix minutes en retard?

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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).

For "Je suis puni pour ________ en retard",

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iI Ian,

Your answer is incorrect as the verb is 'arriver' not, 's'arriver'.

Bonne continuation!

Je suis en retard de cinq minutes

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You should submit this question through the quiz 'report issue' button. The sentence is correct, so either there was a technical error, or some other error.

Je serai sûrement en retard d'un quatre d'heure

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Bonjour Tamani !

You can use en retard on its own to express simply "[I'm] late".

However, if you want to be more precise and add how long you're late for, then you will need to use "en retard de + [duration]" :

Je suis en retard à mon rendez-vous.
Je suis en retard de dix minutes à mon rendez-vous.
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I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !
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