“We have a connecting flight in 30 minutes and it looks like we won't be able to make it in time. Is there another flight that you can put us on?”

English Lesson: We have a connecting flight in 30 minutes and it looks like we won't be able to make it in time. Is there another flight that you can put us on?

You're traveling to another country. You had one flight which arrived at 1:00, and you were supposed to take another flight at 2:30. However, you've been waiting for your luggage for almost an hour and it hasn't come out yet. You don't think you'll have enough time to get to your next flight, so you talk to one of the airline employees at the desk.

We have a connecting flight in 30 minutes and it looks like we won't be able to make it in time. Is there another flight that you can put us on?

It looks like (something is happening)

This phrase can be used when you're guessing about how something is going to turn out when it's finished:

It looks like the Yankees are going to win this one.

However, it is also used in situations where something has already happened, and you have to tell the bad news to someone:

Sorry, it looks like we had to reject your loan application.

Saying "it looks like" something bad happened is softer-sounding than simply saying that it happened.

make it to (somewhere)

The phrase "make it to ___" means to come to somewhere. You use this to talk about attending events or meeting people. There are a few situations that you can use "make it" in:

  • When you're telling someone that you won't come to an event, party or meeting:
    I'm really sorry, but I won't be able to make it to New York next month.
  • When someone comes to an event that you didn't expect them to come to, you show that you're surprised and happy:
    "Oh, you made it!"
  • When you ask someone if they're going to come to a meeting, party, or event:
    "We're going to have some people over for dinner on Saturday. We'd love it if you could make it."

(do something) in time

Doing something "in time" means doing it before a deadline, or doing it before it becomes unavailable:

I wanted to do some kind of study abroad program, but I didn't get my applications done in time.

Oh no; it's already 9:55. Are we going to be able to make it in time?

a connecting flight

When you fly, sometimes you don't go straight to your destination. You fly to one airport, change to a different airplane, and then fly somewhere else. Changing planes is called "making a connection", and the flights are called "connecting flights".

You usually use the phrase "connecting flight" to talk about the second flight, the one that you're connecting to. But you can also call the first flight a "connecting flight" as well.

put (someone) on a flight

This is a phrase that airline employees use when talking to passengers in an airport. When something changes with a customer's scheduled flight, the employees will offer tickets for other flights like this:

I can put you on a flight leaving at 2:15.

You can use the same phrase when you're asking airline employees to give you a seat on a flight.

Can you put me on the next flight to New York?


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