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'm usually on time. I don't like late people because they let me wait. It's a waste of time waiting. For me, 10-15 min is late.

Did ypu really have the level Beginner? How???

I always on time. 15mins is late for me
i hate late people

I am usually on time when I meet other people. I think being on time is a way to show my respect to my partners.

I'm, usually on time, but there is a lot of problems at Kabul city in the traffic system.
drivers not obeying the traffic low, for this reason, sometime I'm arriving late to my office.

I'm usually on time, rather I'm early, because I think to be late is a way of respect towards people. I think to be late is about ten mins, but it depends on the various situations.

I'm usually on time. I try to be on time.


Please advise why we don't want to use an article after Had on the below sentence.

We had nice weather on Sunday for our trip to the coast.


Hello Sooraj

'weather' is an uncountable noun. We don't use indefinite articles before uncountable nouns and a definite article is probably not appropriate here, unless you've already mentioned the specific weather you had on Sunday.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Are you usually on time or late? How many minutes is ‘late’ for you?

I usually arrive on time because I consider it a way of showing respect to my pairs. For me, being late means 10 to 15 minutes of delay.