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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


I canceled a club-meeting yesterday because I felt very unwell.

Hello Teacher, can you check this sentence for me!!
I think I can’t make it tomorrow, my son has fever and I need to stay by his side all the night.

Hello Dawn,

That sentence looks fine to me apart from the last phrase. We say all night, not all the night.



The LearnEnglish Team

This year I cancelled a travel with one of my friends in July, because I'd better help my niece, who gave birth a beautiful baby girl.

I had to cancel the meeting up with my old classmates at the college last month. It was a regret for me because we haven't seen together for about 20 years. The reason seemed ridiculous: at the time of check-in at the airport, I realised that my passport was expired two days ago so I couldn't go onboard! However, thanks to the today new technologies, I enabled to participate through the Internet!

I canceled the plan of mountaineering because the weather was very cold two weeks ago.

I cancelled football match when I was feel really ill.

Hi teacher,
Could you tel me which one of the below sentences is true ?
I'll bring you the soup around 7 p.m.
I'll bring the soup around 7 p.m. to you.
I'll bring you the soup to you around 7 p.m.

Hello David
The first one is best. 'I'll bring the soup to you around 7 p.m.' is another common way to say it. You bring something to someone or you bring someone something.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team