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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'm usually on time, and I don't like people always late.
it is an important issue that shows you respect the one you are going to meet or not.

I always try to be in time, or I can be 5 mins late. I usually can wait for 15 mins, then I get angry. Can't stand people who are always late for there arrangement.

Most of the time, i will be on time, suppose, if i'm not then it may be for few minutes not really more than half hour. i will be saying excuses from bottom of my heart.

I am usually on time.

oh... really, i don't think so.

Always, I'm on time. "Late coming" is not in my dictionary.

I used to be always on time . i hate people who late because they waste my time waiting . more than 5 mins mean that you disrespect me

I used to be always on time. 10 Minutes is more than enough to wait somebody if he is too late.

I am used to already be in time but most of my friends still come late during our meetings. I think it is not a good character.

I'm usually on time, although when I'm late it should be no more than 15 minutes.
I don't have any problem of waiting when people are late, but I get annoyed if it's more than 30 minutes.