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azz
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:10:39 AM
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a We'll have a twenty-minute delay to repair the bus.
b. There will be a twenty-minute delay to repair the bus.

C. We'll have a twenty-minute delay in order to repair the bus.
d. There will be a twenty-minute delay in order to repair the bus.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

The idea is that repairing the bus will take twenty minutes and therefore we'll be delayed by twenty minutes.

Many thanks.
palapaguy
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:09:02 AM

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Yes and yes, assuming the speaker is present at the scene of the repairs.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:58:50 PM

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Yes - They all sound natural to me.

b, c and d sound more like announcements which would be made in the bus station, to the passengers waiting to travel.
'a' sounds more like a personal explanation to an individual passenger.
ozok
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 10:50:30 AM
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Quote:


...twenty-minute delay to repair the bus.


If it were an airplane, many passengers would get anxious with an announcement of the plane needing repair.

Fortunately these flying machines only seem to cause delays due to 'technical problems' !

That's a relief.
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