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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Average: 4.3 (56 votes)

Submitted by huynhkimhoa on Tue, 14/11/2023 - 10:21


I always try to early. From my point of view: "Arrive 5 mins early to be on time, on time is late"

Submitted by Abdallaa on Sun, 12/11/2023 - 14:05


I try to schedule my appointments so that I don't become used to being late.

Submitted by Zainabali on Fri, 10/11/2023 - 14:27


Usually i’m late, and I have my own principle “it’s okey when I am late but shiny ✨ ”
5 to 10 minutes is the maximum time to be late for me

Submitted by Potter007 on Sat, 04/11/2023 - 10:58


For me it's very important be on time, because time it's a main resource in our live. Wasting this resource is absurdly.
It's make me angry when people are late constantly. I don't understand this behavior. In my opinion be on time its easy thing.
Firstly, you need to plan your schedule.
Secondly, observe your watch.
I understand, live is difficult and sometimes we have some surprises, but not constantly.

Submitted by mozhgan on Sat, 28/10/2023 - 20:45


It was a good and useful instruction, and I should say in this situation I am the person who has to wait for others and it makes me angry and bored, I always say "I will not wait for you next time" but next time I wait again.

Submitted by jaweherwerdi on Sat, 28/10/2023 - 19:17


I am almost late at the work. I try hard to be earlier but I failed every time because it so difficult to destroy such bad habit even when i wake up early i waste all of time preparing my self. i am a lazy girl and its so hard to be in time for one week for example but i have faith that one day i will succeed to change this habit and be in time.

Submitted by Minh Ngọc Minh on Sat, 28/10/2023 - 05:55


I apologize to my ex for being late. He's is a patient person because he always waits for me....

Submitted by cicerocoghi on Sat, 21/10/2023 - 17:37


I try to be on time. I prefer to get early than later but I can wait 10 minutes for later person....