I'm not sure about the meaning of

Flights arriving on Jet Green Air have been delayed intermittently.

This sentence is found on this website.

The following is my interpretation of this sentence:

  • Jet Green Air is a company.

  • Flights arriving on Jet Green Air refers to the company's flights that have arrived at this airport.

  • delayed intermittently means that some of the flights were delayed, some were not (Actually I'm not sure how delay can be intermittent).

Is there anything wrong with my interpretation?

  • More importantly "Jet Green Air" is not just a company it is an airline. They have many flights arriving- some have been delayed, some have not.
    – Jim
    Apr 12, 2016 at 4:07
  • I'm not sure how delay can be intermittent Imagine you're watching a movie. The audio and video are in sync. Suddenly, they go out of sync. After a while, they're in sync again. But a few minutes later, they go out of sync again. And then they go even further out of sync. And then everything's normal again. The audio/video delay has been intermittent. However, this doesn't work for a flight's arrival time, since there is only one arrival time per flight. Logically, this means that we're referring to some flights (out of many) to have been delayed.
    – Flater
    Oct 20, 2017 at 14:30

1 Answer 1


It's more than the fact that some flights were delayed and some weren't. Intermittently means at irregular intervals, so there was no predictable pattern of the delays.

Also note that although a single delay cannot be intermittent, the sentence is talking about flights, plural, so the intermittency describes the unpredictability of which flights were delayed and which weren't.

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