Why is en used before retard and avance

Advika

Kwiziq community member

22 June 2017

4 replies

Why is en used before retard and avance

Thank you very much

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

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

22 June 2017

22/06/17

Hi Advika - there's no logic to which prepositions are used in most cases I'm afraid. You just have to learn them by heart. Best wishes, Gruff

Advika

Kwiziq community member

23 June 2017

23/06/17

Thank you very much for you timing and help .

Robin

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2018

29/12/18

Does this include the use of "de" in the example Je suis d'être en retard"?  I was wondering why there needs to be the "de" before the verb être.  Thank you. 

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

30 December 2018

30/12/18

Hi Robin, I think you missed reading the word désolé in the example with 'de':

"Je suis désolé d'être en retard"

An alternative translation in English might be "I'm sorry about being late" where 'about' is playing a similar role to 'de' (but notice in French the infinitive, être, follows, whereas in English we follow with the present participle in this example). 

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