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.

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I'm normally punctual because I think that to arrive late is not good - but I also understand that things can happen, so it depends.
I think that "late" is
I think 'late' is not fulfilling the commitment.

I think punctual is a good manner because you should have empathy. So I always on time and never let someone to wait me except for having emergency

I don't like to be late. I'm usually don't late. ‘Late’ for me is 5 minutes. Sometimes I'm late 30 minutes.

Hello everyone. I'm always on time for appointments, class, dates,... before i decide go to the destination, i open GG Map to know how far, how long from my location to the destination. i always depart soon about 10 minutes to avoid bad situations like traffic jam, break out motobike, ... as far as me, 10 minutes is late, being late bing the crizicial for another. on time is the best :)

i sometimes late for the appiontment that not be so serious and I realy late for the appiontment that so serious......."late" for me it depents on how much serious of that situation for example,(friends' appointment)more than 15 minutes is late for me.And for the (compettition) just 5 minutes is late for me.

I'm running 15 late if my friend is waitting but if my girlfriend is waitting, I will be on time!!

I try to be on time but sometimes I am 10-15 minutes late. For me 30 minutes late for me.

It depends who I meet if it's my friends, I might be 10-15 minutes late, but if anyone else, I'll be on time

I’m usually on time for an appointment. I often use the Map app to know how far and how much time from my location to the destination. I will go earlier about 20 mins with the estimate. For me, 10 minutes is late.

I usually try to be on time. even sometimes i arrive 5 or 10 minutes soon to an appointment. but there is sometimes i can't and it's annoying for me.

I usually be on time but sometimes not. For me is disrespectful that my friends or family waits for me.

In my opinion, time is realy important. That's why I'm always on time. I think 10 minutes is late for me

I'm a man of word. I'm always at time. When I met anyone in anyplace I go to there before time. I'm strictly follow my time. I'm feeling good when because of me anyone waiting for me because I'm late. I know well my area when there is traffic and when not.

I'm honestly more late than on time. I'm a lazy guy. And I'm often around 10-20 mins late. I need to change this terrible habit I've been carried ever since I can remember. But folks here in my country are normally as late, if not more I am. So there's nothing to be worried about If you come here and have an appointment, party, meeting (except from job) or whatever, never is too late. the intention is what really matters.

i'm not always at time, I came late into work by at most 45 mins, so i need to be more puctuale in my time.
I think 10 mins is "late" for me

I am late sometimes, I am on time sometimes. I think if late 30 mins, i think this is late.

Sometimes I am late on date. Now I try to be early every day in my work, english class and date.

i try to be on time, but sometimes i forget date and time of the meetings. so, it is necessary for me to find a way to remind me. LMK, what's your idea in useing of cell phone apps to solve this problem??thnx alot.

I am a punctual person ever. I always emphasize the given time,date and place. If the appointment place is a little far away from me, I take traffic jam into consideration. In this case, I plan two hours earlier for one hour way. On the other hand, for my journey to daily work, the bus number is rather rare and forty five minutes gap between one another. In addition, the bus is not on time and so I am not in time too. At such time, I late about 25 minutes. However, I have never late more than 25 minutes ever.

i am not often late because when i have a appointment with someone i am alway prepare everything before appointment time about thirty minutes so i am not late but for me if you come after appointment time about ten minutes, you are already late

If we have a date, we have a quick and attend for time. Really when you came a late, is so bad because your friends are bored. So must we were careful for can't be late. This is a important for we communication.

I often be on time, but somtimes, I be on late. I think I prepare too long, so I should improve this problem.

I'm always late when go somewhere or meet someone. Yes , I understand this is bad habit for me but I can't break it and therefore , I continue to be late every time.

Usually I am on time and punctual, I don't like to be late I think that is not respectful to the other people being late. Also I get a little bit disturb when I must wait someone who is late.
I try to be punctual always but sometimes I’ll be late depends on the unpredictable situations.more than 20 mins late is the time considered late for me. I don’t like anyone keep me waiting for long time.May be others will think this way too..so I don’t like to make anyone waiting so I try to be on time
It depends on the traffic. I usually try my best to arrive on time, but can't always do it due to unpredictable traffic. 10 mins Before or after I count as on time in that sense. So, 15 mins late is the time I consider late and subjected to an apology.
I admit I have a problem with the punctuality. I always sorry for this defect but it is something I have not been able to change though the years. My friends or acquaintances already know about this and they always begin (whatever the activities are) without me. To me being late means 1 hour. I do not have problems when someone arrives late. I always bring with me a book into my backpack in order not to be bored.
I'm usually on time, for me is bad to arrive late, I think my time and your time is important. If happens something I'll probably call or text you explaining what happened with me and you'll probably wait for me. If you arrive one minute later, for me you're unpunctual person.
Hi I am sorry, I think I need 20 minutes too late There is a problem with my car so I wasting my sister to bring my I heat to me late! Sorry again, please waiting to eat together and I will you know when I arrive, see you soon
I'mnot driving a car so I always been late and I'm running hours late .Tha't bad 'but nothing to do about it. I really organize person and I like that in all things just my appointment with others out home
I'm always on time. I dont'like to be late, because I think the time is important for the person who is waiting for me. I usually measure the time to travel and add a one hour extra to it, for assure I arrive on time. if you arrive one minute later, you are late for me.
I'm usually on time because I think that being late is disrespectful. I don't like it when people think that being late is nothing. I know we could all be late at some point, but it is always necessary to explain why we will be late and try to take precautions in advance. I think If 5 mins have passed it is already late.
I am always on time, and I hate to be late also I feel upset when someone come late when we have to meet each other
To be late is a common practice in my country for casual meetings. However, is judged as a very irresponsable behavior at work, unless your the boss.