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"Siamo gravemente in ritardo."

Translation:We are seriously late.

February 3, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuddCheatw

By the way, DL recomends "gravely late" which as a translation, while technically not incorrect, is not common and sounds somewhat odd (to me at least) in spoken American English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zerro2000

I used "really late", which I think sound better in English. But it is wasn't accepted. Isn't that the same thing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adamskj

I did the same. At least in American English, 'really' would be the most common word to express 'gravely'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mariaelena256

can you say "tardi"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierugofoz

no, you can't
in Italian there is a difference if you're talking about time itself or about someone/something being late:

  • it's late (it's a late hour) = è tardi.
    it's getting late, I have to go = si sta facendo tardi, devo andare

  • it's late (the train is) = è in ritardo
    he is late = Lui è in ritardo
    https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3076809


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuddCheatw

Couldn't DL accept "extemely late" in this context?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimonKoch-Sultan

Does gravemente have the same colloquial usage as "seriously" in English (e.g. "He seriously kissed me on the lips, Jen")?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuddCheatw

I would doubt so in this context. here I would use "davvero" instead, as to mean that you are not kidding. on the other hand, serious(ly) and grave(ly) are only synonyms when used to express the substantially negative extent of something.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiCampo

'We are very late' is marked wrong here. What would the italian translation of very late be?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaoloArman2

siamo molto in ritardo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helmad

I would also add 'delayed' here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FreakyTvMan689

Said no Italian ever hahaha my cousin in Italy had a doctor's appointment once. An hour after the scheduled appointment he still hadn't left the house yet haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wxfrog
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I heard an Italian conductor say that on a night train from Munich to Rome. It arrived 3 hours late.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frank47625

Why is 'severely late' wrong? -.-

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