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Let's say I am leaving for a place and, since there is a huge traffic hassle in my city, I am leaving 2-3 hours earlier.
Can I use the following sentence to describe what I am going to do?
I am going to the airport with the
buffer of 2-3 hours.
Does this expression sound odd to the natives? If the answer is yes, what would a more natural way of describing it be?
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May 1, 2013 at 20:22
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I think that the word
buffer is perfectly appropriate, but a more natural phrasing would be
I'm giving myself a 2-3 hour buffer to get to the airport in good time.
May 1, 2013 at 22:07
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I'd probably say
rather than margin buffer:
I'm giving myself a two- or three-hour margin to get to the airport.
May 1, 2013 at 22:06
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Yes, it does sound odd. A more natural way of saying it would be "I am going to the airport 2-3 hours early".
May 1, 2013 at 21:20
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An alternative to Tristan's excellent answer is:
I'm going to aim to get to the airport with 2-3 hours to spare.
May 1, 2013 at 21:33
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One of my father's familiar phrases was always:
So I would say something like, I have budgeted in an extra two hours of travel time for possible traffic/security delays. "you have to budget for delays!"
Apr 30, 2015 at 8:01
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In the UK, while 'buffer' is a reasonable name for the period, the names I'm most familiar with would be either '
extra', 'margin' or 'leeway', as in "I'm giving myself 2-3 hours extra to get to the airport" or "I'm giving myself 2-3 hours leeway to get to the airport".
Mar 5, 2021 at 15:24
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