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 Ely1996 on Tue, 06/02/2024 - 20:43


I like to be on time. It is really bad for me when I will be late. I can to wait 10 minute maximum.

Submitted by anhteeny96 on Sat, 03/02/2024 - 13:33


I usually on time. It's rarely that I late. For me 15 minutes is late. Because I usually arrive 10 minutes before the appointment time.

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Submitted by WinterBear_7 on Thu, 25/01/2024 - 13:13


I try to be on time as possible as i can and mostly i'm always on time .Also, i hate being late. More than 15 mins is late for me.

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Submitted by Rapanuito on Wed, 24/01/2024 - 17:09


For example, at university, I don't like to be late for my classes. The day before, I tried to prepare my clothes and my stuff. I consider 15 minutes or more 'late', and I hate when people try to tell me excuses instead of apologizing. 😠

Submitted by van2210 on Sun, 21/01/2024 - 15:39


Hi, emmanuel

Sorry, I arrived late due to traffic jam. Sorry

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Submitted by SVAIROX on Sun, 21/01/2024 - 15:14


I'm always trying to be on time, I don't like the lately people.

Submitted by positive princess on Sat, 20/01/2024 - 04:49


I don't like to be late. i will prepare earlier so i can came on time. but, if suddenly something happen, i can tolarate till 15 mins. i don't like waiting so i don't make anybody mad because i am late.

Submitted by Axmas on Wed, 17/01/2024 - 17:26


I don't like to be late no matter what the event is and for me, minutes to be late essentially depend upon the significance of the event that is going to take place, for a more formal type of meeting, even being late by 5 minutes is significant in comparison to an informal one.

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