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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 don't trust you. You should reconsider your attitude.

Hi guys
I always try to be on time although sometimes circumstances could be not suitable. In this case I would inform the person who is waiting for me and do my best to rich as fast as I can.

I am always on time I don't like to be late, I usually to keep time for an appointment also I don't like to want someone any more time. if I will be late I will inform the person and also I will explain the reason why I will belate.

keep practicing will progress you.

I'm highly stricted with any appointments I make with anyone!
And, of course, I hate waiting for someone who is late. whenever it happens I get so mad!

Hello, guys
Always I'm on time Because an appointment is very important for me,
Also, I don't like waiting for somebody

I always on time. I rarely late.

I like to be in time, cause the time is expensive and nobody wants to waste it. Otherwise i think is a kind of respect as well toward to eachother, but sometimes we can not do anything, but at least if we send the text an tell to who is waiting we will be late, that makes a situation more understandable.

I don't like to late but sometimes I late.

I am very punctual person and I always on the time , but there was an incident I would like to share that once I was late for my submission day at college , actually what happened I wake up late because I prepared the documents for submission last night I went for the bed late and forgot to set alarm.

I always come in time, because I don't like come late.