A message to say you're late

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.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3


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Submitted by Habibullahkhairycs on Mon, 21/08/2023 - 12:25


I am on time usually and being on time means being polite and having respect to someones time. And being more than 5 or 10 minutes can be considered late for me.

Submitted by gomezitalia on Thu, 17/08/2023 - 03:01


I try to usually be on time. If it's possible I arrive 10 mins before.

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Submitted by Jouu on Mon, 07/08/2023 - 16:25


i am never late cuz it is so rude to make s.o waite for you for so long
for me, being about 10-15 mins late is unacceptable, no matter what the reason is

Submitted by Jim34 on Sun, 06/08/2023 - 19:42


I usually arrive on time. I prefer punctuatily, so for me more than 20 minutes is late.

Submitted by ftm kh on Sun, 06/08/2023 - 13:38


I'm always on time person and actully when s.o getting late ,I really get angry but try to be polite .when s.o will be late more than 30 minutes ,I'll come out !!
Excuse me if I have wrong in my writing because i'm inexperience in writing english !

Submitted by MehdiLearn on Sat, 05/08/2023 - 09:49


I'm usually On time. In my opinion, being more than ten minutes late is an unforgivable sin

Submitted by yagmurrelll on Wed, 02/08/2023 - 12:04


generally ı am on time . ı hate waiting someone . half hour is late for me .

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Submitted by _Moon_ on Tue, 01/08/2023 - 16:40


I don't usually arrive late when I need to meet someone. Rather, I try to reach at least 15 minutes early if there is any appointment. I consider it late if it is more than 30 minutes past the scheduled time. For someone special, I don't set any time parameter. Waiting for loved ones always makes every single moment beautiful.

Submitted by Win Mar Oo on Sat, 29/07/2023 - 03:23


I never late whenever I date someone I'll be reached on time
Anyway I hate waiting someone