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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


many thanks

I always late at my work . I havr bad habit to start late at the end .i am quite late to find this osm content of learning .

It depends but there were times I was late when I go to work because of the traffic.

Today my mum was waiting for me 15 mints when she saw me she made it very clear to me that I have arrived on time whenever we meet.

This morning today, I was late ten minutes because I forget my key in my apartment. Therefore, I must come back to take my keys.

I don't like anyone who has to wait. I know It will extremely terrible. But if to have this case, probably 15 minutes is much.

most of the time, I am on time. It's very important to me.I think if you respect somebody who is waiting you, you should be on time.

When I go somewhere alone, I´m usually on Time because I prepare my self quickly. But with my wife and childern we are usually late circa 10 mins. I find being late till 15 mins is ok but over that I´ll be anger. Ofcourse that´s depend on what the occasion is and what the reasons for late are.

I'm on my way to reach you 10 minutes later

I'm usually on time or earlier. I hate to late and if this happend announce that I'm late.