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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


Hello, guys
Always I'm on time Because an appointment is very important for me,
Also, I don't like waiting for somebody

I always on time. I rarely late.

I like to be in time, cause the time is expensive and nobody wants to waste it. Otherwise i think is a kind of respect as well toward to eachother, but sometimes we can not do anything, but at least if we send the text an tell to who is waiting we will be late, that makes a situation more understandable.

I don't like to late but sometimes I late.

I am very punctual person and I always on the time , but there was an incident I would like to share that once I was late for my submission day at college , actually what happened I wake up late because I prepared the documents for submission last night I went for the bed late and forgot to set alarm.

I always come in time, because I don't like come late.

At university, I try to get to school almost 5 minutes ago. But sometimes I'm late. I'm not very good at getting up in the morning, so sometimes I can't get up. The delay time is about 10 minutes. If I am late, l will have a habit of being late, and I will be late several times in a row. For that reason, I set the university class schedule to start at noon. In high school, classes are decided because it is compulsory education. So I was getting up early so that I wouldn't be late. In that respect, universities are very easy because I can organize my own classes at university. I'm often late at college, but I've never been late for play. Because I'm ready the day before and go to bed early. Sometimes I can't sleep because I have too much fun. My parents often demand that their motivation be studied. Not likely. But in the next few years, I have to graduate from college and get a job. As a member of society, punctuality is the norm, so you need to practice now. It's tough, but if I do it now, the future will be easier, so I decided to do it little by little.

I often arrive on time. I did not remember I arrive out time or I did not late until with my friends who late alawis. I have used to be that. If someone late for my I angry. Really I angry..

I prefer to be on time instated of be late because I feel embarrassed, but if I late there is a reason for that such a traffic,we should all try to get on time or at lest send a message if you late.

i always wake up late, although i set the alarms.