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Messaging to cancel a plan

Learn how to write text messages to cancel plans.

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

Reading text

Yesterday 18:45

Hey, I don't think I can make it tomorrow. I'm feeling really ill

Oh no, poor you!

Have you been to the doctor?

No, I think it's just a cold

Well, get well soon

Shout if you need anything!

Thx, I will

Today 9:03

Feeling any better?

A bit thanks but staying in bed today I think!

I can pop round on my way home if you need anything?

Actually, if you don't mind, pls can you get me some green tea?

No problem!

See you about 6 then

Thx so much!!

Get plenty of rest! Hope you feel better soon!


  1. You don't have to write complete sentences in text messages.
  2. You can use short forms, e.g. thx (thanks) and pls (please).
  3. To cancel a plan, say I don't think I can make it. Add the date (e.g. I don't think I can make it tomorrow) and/or to + the activity (e.g. I don't think I can make it to the party tomorrow).
  4. To show sympathy, say Poor you and Hope you feel better soon.
  5. Exclamation marks (!) sound positive and they are used a lot in text messages. Two exclamation marks (!!) shows you really, really mean it!



Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


The last time I cancelled a plan was this morning, I couldn't go biking with my boyfriend because it was raining this morning.

I think it was a few months ago. My cousin and I had a plan to go out but I cancelled it because I had to do another thing.

1 Hello, what's up?
2 Hi, I am feeling really ill.
1 Poor you. Could I do something? I can buy something on my way to home?
2 If you don't mind could you buy some lemons and tea.
1 No problems.
2. Thx
1 Get plenty of sleep

Hello Teacher
I can't understand the following sentence. Why do you use question mark?

"I can pop round on my way home if you need anything?"

Hello Mai Khin Nway Shein,

The question mark here indicates that the speaker is requesting information, even though the construction of the sentence is not an interrogative. In other words, the sentence functions communicatively as a question even though grammatically it is a statement.


It's actually not uncommon to use a statement in this way. The equivalent in speech would be rising intonation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot!

Honestly, I don't remember when I last canceled an appointment!

I cancelled meeting with a friend last year because of the virus but I still haven't made it to meet with him.

I Don't remembre Very well the last time where i have cancelled a plan, but I do cancel plans if i got something more importante than the plan!

I canceled a plan for tomorrow. Because I have to work