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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 normally on time because I like to do things on time always plan ahead for my journey.

I always arraive 5 mins early. 'late' is 10 minites for me.

Ah! actually I don't like to be late. I don't want that somebody will wait for me and waste his or her valuable time. To be honest, being late in meeting, class or appointment is a very bad habit. But sometimes, it also occurred by me but I try to attend on time and notice to the subject person and pardon in case of being late.



well, usually i try my best to be on time but unfortunately time has never been in my favor but if i would be late to an appointment it would take approximately ten to fifteen minutes , and i won't have a parking problem because i go almost everywhere with uber drive , so i do not have that tension on the contrary it is very helpful .

I like be on time because be late bring me problems.

I usually arrive on time. I don´t like wait for people that always arrive late.

I am usually on time because I am doing ahead everything. I don't like a person who is late

usually i am the one who arrive early and wait for others , but when i am late iam trying to be quick as i can

Usually I try to respect my appointment and I don't let people waiting me. May be I arrive early .