Is it correct that I say to my teacher "would you please start the class 30 minute late?" if I want to ask him to change the time of class from 16:00 to 16:30. and what do native people say?

  • Depending on level of formality and familiarity with the teacher, I’d probably say, “Could we start at 4:30 on Monday because <reason>” or “Monday’s lesson plan is very interesting to me and I really don’t want to miss any of it. But I’ve got to do <something> and won’t be able to make it to class until 4:30. I was just wondering whether it would be possible to start class at 4:30 on Monday? – Jim Apr 8 '16 at 1:35

I would say "Could you start the class at 16:30 instead of 16:00?" The class is on time if it starts at the agreed upon time, so it's not "late" if you both agree to start at 16:30. "later than usual" also applies if 16:00 is the usual time. If the class could be scheduled to start at many different times, then there is no "usual" time, so "later than usual" would be confusing.


I would say "Could you please start the class 30 minutes later than usual?" or "Would you mind starting the class 30 minutes later than usual?"

I must say that it's an odd request to make of a teacher, and it might tend to get the response "No - why don't you just make sure you turn up on time?"

  • Yes; this seems a strange one. 'The lesson started 5 minutes late' is perfectly acceptable, but 'Will you start the lesson 5 minutes late, please' sounds much less idiomatic. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 7 '16 at 14:33

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