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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.



Language level

Beginner: A1


I try to be on time usually. but there could be a compulsive circumstance.

Hi.I always try to be on time and when people running late for their arrangement,I will be annoyed

Sometime i'll be late when i hang out with my friend, but just a bit minutes. Always, I will be on time when i come for important appoitment, then i hope everyone will let me be waiting

It’s not about time but how you feel. When you wait for someone you are awaiting, it’s still gonna be fun..., if you know the reason!

Well, I usually arrive on time but if I know will be late I prefer to cancel the appointment.
regards from Peru.

I'm always on time.I always take a reserve of time at least 10 min before .

when it comes for the appointment I always come early sometimes on time. I can wait about 15 mins max, if they don't show up without calling or text message for confirmation. I just leave.

I am usually on time . I am late sometimes so it is only for a few minutes , from 5 to 10 minutes.

if you are late for any reason it is good to let your friends know. Being 5 or 10 mins it is still reasonable.

I am often on time. However if I get late not more than 30 minutes. And I apologize for the person who is waiting me.