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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


It is very important for me to be on time,specially if it is about important meeting. But sometimes we can’t control things and it is just happening.
I consider 15 mins as a delay.

I’m usually on times. But sometimes i run late, for me 5-15 is late

i am usually on time . 15 mins is late for me

I’m on time, sometime I’m on late. But I try to be sooner. For me, 5-10 mins is late.

Can we use ( might ) instead of I'll in the sentence " I'll be more than 10 mins late now" ?

Hello dw3222
Yes, you can say 'I might be ...' instead of 'I will be ...', but it means something different. It means that it is possible that you will be late instead. With 'will' you are saying you're sure you're going to be late.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

I am always on time. Every minute important for me. Even, I always try to early come.

I am usually on time. For me, "late" mean you come after exactly the time you said before.

I am usually late , I think 5 mins is late because, time goes on very slowly for someone that waiting, and very fast for someone that is late.

Unfortunately, I am usually late, and most of the time about 15 to 30 minutes. I think this is happening because I am always getting ready in the last minutes and sometimes things missed up.