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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 always try to be on time unless unexpected causes have came

i will try to ontime, i thinking about traffic, how many mins i will going. if i'll be late, please send message for your friend

actually i am always on time in the meeting, in the class and my workplace. but sometimes i am late it depends on the situations. when my friends invite me their home or other places to meet with each other and i know that is not important in this moment. i am late about 5 mints or 10 mints.

I am very punctual woman and I always try to be on time. actually I hate being late. I value for people 's time.

That's not my day! my motorbike was crashed. I'm looking for a garage now. I'm not sure how long i'll be there.

I'm usually on time but sometimes I be late for 15 mins because of bad traffic

Sometimes I'm late, but only for 5-10 mins.

Are you usually on time or late? How many minutes is ‘late’ for you?
On time every day. A person is late after 1 minut

I usually on time.but sometimes the traffic is busy.
busy : it more car in the street.

Usually I'm late everywhere but I want to change this terrible habit