How do you translate the expression to be late in Italian?
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and we’ll even talk about what kinds of “delays” there are in Italian and what words you can use to describe them.
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To be late in Italian
First of all, let’s translate to be late in Italian.
Essere in ritardo
To be late
To be late in Italian – Let’s break this down!
Essere in ritardo can literally be translated as to be in delay.
Monica è in ritardo.
Monica is late.
Late as an adjective is an adverb in Italian and it is translated as tardi. You can translate “to be late” also as fare tardi, especially when it’s used in the past (“you were late and you arrived late”).
Oggi ho fatto tardi al lavoro.
I was late for work today.
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Essere is a very common verb used in a wide variety of other Italian expressions. Here are a few:
Essere in anticipo
To be early
To be sick
For example, you can say:
Sono arrivato in anticipo e non sapevo cosa fare.
I arrived early and didn’t know what to do.
Non sono d’accordo con la tua opinione.
I disagree with your opinion.
Paolo è malato. È a casa con l’influenza.
Paul is sick. He is at home with the flu.
We said that the translation for to be late in Italian is essere in ritardo. Ritardo is a masculine noun.
There’s more than one kind of delay in Italian. Here are some words that often go with ritardo:
For example, you could say…
Il ritardo motorio può essere causato da vari fattori.
Motor delay can be caused by various factors.
Sono in leggero ritardo. Posso ancora arrivare in orario.
I am slightly late. I can still be on time.
Mattia non è mai puntuale. È in ritardo cronico.
Mattia is never on time. He is chronically late.
To be late in Italian – Examples
Ho perso l’autobus e ora sono in ritardo.
I missed the bus, and now I’m late.
A volte i treni possono essere in ritardo.
Trains can be late sometimes.
Siamo in ritardo per la lezione.
We are late for the lesson.
Non voglio fare tardi all’appuntamento.
I don’t want to be late for the appointment.
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