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 (46 votes)

Submitted by Widad_sri on Wed, 17/01/2024 - 07:16


If there is no excuse, i like to be punctual person. But usually my friends who come late, i can still tolerate it if it's that less than 30 minutes. If you have friend like that, maybe you can arrange an earlier appointment time so everyone will gather on time.

Submitted by Hongcam on Tue, 16/01/2024 - 17:03


I'm a person that always on time because I don't like being late. Personally, I think that 10 mins are the maximum for late

Submitted by Daria Antognetti on Thu, 11/01/2024 - 18:27


I always try to be on time because I don't like being late, but even if I arrive five minutes late nothing happens. If I arrive after five minutes for me it means being late.

Submitted by LUCIE LE on Wed, 10/01/2024 - 04:40


I always on time but sometime I will be late because traffic jam or season personal. For me one minute is late so that I always try to on time.

Submitted by ddddsky on Tue, 09/01/2024 - 04:12


I am usually on time. But, if I am going to do a group project with my teammates and some people will be late, I often tell them that I'll also be late so I don't have to wait for them. I'm okay with 15 minutes.

Submitted by cgfcabral on Tue, 02/01/2024 - 18:19


I'm usually on time. I don't like being late.
Late for me is 20 minutes or more.

Submitted by Anjo on Thu, 28/12/2023 - 19:26


Suggestion: Please, put sound on all tasks even if they aren't listening lessons.

Submitted by Anjo on Thu, 28/12/2023 - 19:19


I'm always late... I think that one minute after mark time is late.

Submitted by Imane Al herchi on Thu, 28/12/2023 - 12:33


Hello, I am usually on time.
The last time I was late it was for an interview, I didn't get the job and I learned my lesson from it.
More than 10 minutes is late for me

Submitted by Cỏ on Fri, 22/12/2023 - 08:12


i saved some phrases to use because sometimes i'm late too