Let's say I have a goal of working 100 hours but I've only worked 80.

Or I planned on working 100 but ended up working 120.

How do I refer to the 20? I need a word that would imply that these hours need to be made up, completed.

I tend to think Gap is the best word, but I'm not convinced.

The word difference, in my opinion, doesn't fit well in the context. Because I feel that it suggests simply a mathematic consequence, but not an independently existing item.

Example (as table columns):

  1. Total Hours Worked: 80

  2. Total Required Hours: 100

  3. _________: 20

  • Gap would apply to working less but not more. Nothing wrong with difference. Look, how do you produce this difference without using subtraction to find the...difference? You could use "Hours Over/Under" if you prefer, and you could simplify to Hours Worked and Hours Required, which gives you parallelism. Jul 3, 2017 at 11:36
  • Net might be an option too.
    – BlackSwan
    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:59
  • The extra hours?
    – justhalf
    Jul 6, 2017 at 5:13

3 Answers 3



Cambridge English Dictionary:

    an unexpected difference, esp. in two amounts or two sets of facts or conditions, which suggests that something is wrong and has to be explained:     There were troubling discrepancies between his public and private opinions on how to balance the budget.
Macmillan Dictionary:
    a difference between things that should be the same
    There were some discrepancies in the statement he gave to the police.
    a discrepancy between estimated and actual spending
English Oxford (living) Dictionaries:
    An illogical or surprising lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts.
    ‘there’s a discrepancy between your account and his’
Collins English Dictionary:
    If there is a discrepancy between two things that ought to be the same, there is a noticeable difference between them.
  1. the state or quality of being discrepant or in disagreement, as by displaying an unexpected or unacceptable difference; inconsistency:
    The discrepancy between the evidence and his account of what happened led to his arrest.
  2. an instance of difference or inconsistency:
    There are certain discrepancies between the two versions of the story.


Remaining is defined by Cambridge English Dictionary:

continuing to exist or be left after other parts or things have been used or taken away


Total Hours Worked: 80

Total Required Hours: 100

Total Hours Remaining: 20

Outstanding is defined by Cambridge English Dictionary:

not yet done, solved, or paid


Total Hours Worked: 80

Total Required Hours: 100

Total Hours Outstanding: 20

Due is defined by Cambridge English Dictionary:

owed as a debt or as a right


Total Hours Worked: 80

Total Required Hours: 100

Total Hours Due: 20

  • @DAE if you're happy with the answer, please select and up vote, if not please let us know, so we can edit our answers!
    – 3kstc
    Jul 10, 2017 at 3:44

How about extra hours?



  • beyond or more than what is usual, expected, or necessary; additional


  • something extra or additional

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