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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #113946: Pospone: Delay- Put off or cancel
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    Pospone: Delay- Put off or cancel

    1)   To POSTPONEput off (informal)= to put off or delay to a later time (the date doesn't have to be mentioned). It expresses  a  voluntary action, initiated by a person who can decide or have authority, in order to delay an event. In "postponing", the people who were to participate in the event will be informed of the new date of the meeting. « Postpone » isn't negative.

    - As his team wasn't ready for the presentation, Jack decided to postpone the meeting until they are.

     2)   To DELAY= to put off; doesn't express the same volontary intention to put off an event. It often expresses a momentary hitch or problem which is often unexpected. It's beyond the speaker's control. The event will not take place at the expected moment, but later. 

    - The tennis final was delayed because of heavy rain. 

        - Her train was delayed for about 5 hours because of heavy snowfalls.



    3)   To DEFER= to put behind in order of importance = to defer. It can be used instead of «postpone». Both overlap, but with «defer» the moment of the new event is generally given in the sentence. 

    - The meeting was deferred to next week for lack of competitors.

    4)   To CANCEL= to call off (informal) = to make unvalid. The event was planned, but won't eventually take place. 

    -  Because of a serious domestic problem, the Prime Minister cancelled his trip to Paris. 


                                            Well well!   You have it all...   Now, it's your choice!  Good luck! 


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    1. The plane from NYC has been for one hour because of bad weather. You’ll have to wait at the airport!

    2. This decision cannot be much longer.

    3. On that day, over 80 flights were because of the terrible storm.

    4. When it was announced that the wedding was , all the guests were already gathered in the church. What a shock!

    5. For safety reasons, the Association has the gathering until December.

    6. As he had a fever, he had to the trip he had planned.

    7. The coach was because of a punctured tyre.

    8. As the lecturer couldn’t arrive on time, the event was till the afternoon.

    9. Let’s not wait for John! He’s just called to tell his train was … He’ll be very late.

    10. The teacher wanted the students to have enough time to study and therefore, he the assignment.


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