August 12, 2011 - Word of the Day: delay
The word "delay" can be used as a verb or as a noun when describing a situation in which something or someone is late. In fact, "delay" is very similar to the adjective "late," but you can't use "late" as a verb or as a noun.
- My flight was delayed for about two hours. (The plane was late. This sentence is in the passive voice. "Delay" is often used in the passive voice.)
- You should expect to be delayed if you drive on a highway where there's a lot of construction.
- They're going to delay their wedding until next year. (delay = put off; postpone)
- Don't delay. Try to make a decision now.
All of these sentences use "delay" as a noun:
- There was a 30-minute delay during the game because of rain.
- Highway construction causes big delays during rush hour.
- A big snowstorm created delays at the airport.
- If you order now, there won't be any delay.
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