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A message to say you're late

Learn how to write text messages to tell a friend you're going to be late.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text

I'm running 10 mins late, sorry!

No problem!

Aargh! Traffic is really bad. I'll be more than 10 mins late now, sorry again!!

It's OK, don't worry. I'm in the café already so it’s fine

This is not my day! I'm here but can't find a place to park. I'm looking for a different car park. Not sure how long I'll be

OK, LMK when you find a place

I might get something to eat tho

Of course! I'll be as quick as I can


Found one! Be there in 10 mins

Well done! See you soon

Thx for waiting


1. You don't need to write complete sentences for text messages.

2. Use abbreviations like LMK (= let me know) or use emojis to save time writing.

3. You don't need to use full stops (.) at the end of messages.

4. Say how many minutes you think you'll need, e.g. I'm running 10 minutes late.

5. It’s good to say sorry and sorry again, but you don't need to say sorry in every message.



Language level

Beginner: A1


I always try my best to be on time or even from 10 to 15 minutes earlier all the appointments. But sometimes I'm a bit late. I remembered the last time I was until 30 minutes late by the traffic jam but my friend was sympathetic toward me. I appreciated this because waiting for someone is very tired.

I really want to be punctual

I try to come to the appointment places on time. I do not like to be late, sometimes I come 5-10 minutes early. I can wait for a maximum of 10-15 minutes someone.

Yes, I usually on the time. and I hate if another people are late!

I am a puntual person. I do not like people who is late. 15mins late is my limit.

Some years ago I was all the time on time, but in the last year I'm late most of the time. I know that it's a bad habit and when you have to wait for somebody it isn't good. So I want to change and maybe I'll try to arrive before or on time.

I try to be usually on time, but nowadays the rythm of our lifestyle are so speedy and fleeting that's why sometime you have to be late. If i run late i'll try to do all my best to late not more than on 15 minutes.

I hate be late. Better come in half hour earlier than be late.

Waiting for a person is horrible, but on many occasions I am usually 5 minutes late because I don't have a car and the subway in my country (Venezuela) is always very late.

I hate those people makes me wait but I'm also late sometimes.