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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


Last week. i cancelled a plan because i'm no feeling well. I want to get plenty of rest. I walked along a park and i felt happy for that.

have been cancelled many plans and dates because some you cant expect an important and serious things like sick or when you have to do you homework or when you have to complete you tasks

I haven't cancelled any plan about one month, yet. But now, I will cancel to go back home to participate Election because of covid-19. I am in lockdown now. I can't go anywhere from my hostel. So, I participate the election in this town. Today, I did it to participate. Election will take place in November 8 in my country. It is very important to change for my country.

last week I have invited to a breakfast by my a close friend but I could not go because I had got a terrible headache the night before. I did apology as I sent message and I said I cannot make it to have a breakfast tomorrow due to the issue. She responded very politely and asked me "just shout if I need anything." Also, she popped around with a delicious soup in the evening.

In the near time, I haven't canceled any plans, yet.

I don't remember have canceled any plan but I remember before covid, I canceled a family meeting at my aunt house, I like my family and specially my parent, siblings and nephews I love them, but some aunts and cousins are toxity people, so for that time I prefer say I can't make it, but if don't mind you could get me some food come back way to home, I appreciated thank you so much.

Hey Boy,
You are cool!
Your mention; if you don't mind you could get me some food come back way to home :) Lol

I cancelled a group meeting on the last sunday. The reason is I can't get the city in time. I felt so sorry to my friends.

Dear Bella,

I am writing to tell you I cannot present at tomorrow's party. I am feeling really ill now, maybe I should go to the doctor tomorrow. I am really sorry for this inconvenient caused to you and I feel really guitly. Later I will send you all the responsibility that belonged to me, thank you very much for understanding.

Yours sincerely

I hate canceling plans, especially in last minute,I always feel guilty if I leave someone down. But today I had to do it, because I didn't have other choices.
Today I canceled a plan. I have received an invitation from my best friend for her bachelorette party two days ago, and I was so excited to go there. But when I woke up today I felt under the weather, my stomach hurts and I had vomiting and nausea. I could make it, to attend the party and I felt so bad about it.

I can't make it for today, I'm really sick.
have you visited the doctor yet?
Not yet, I'm waiting for my father to send me until then I'm using some pills for my nausea and vomiting.
I hope you to get better soon if you need something from me let me know
If you don’t mind, can you get me a chicken soup on your way home?
Yes, of course, it's ok if I bring it after 5 p.m ? do you need it earlier
No, it's okay I have some leftover soup from the lunch I can eat it until you come.
Ok see you soon, take care of your self.