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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Submitted by lyromem on Tue, 28/06/2022 - 20:41


I'm usually a little late to places, especially school. I know I need to improve my habits.

Submitted by Ashanelum on Mon, 27/06/2022 - 14:50


I am running out at least 15 minutes late for work. I know that it's not a good habit. but the fact is, no matter how hard I try, how early I get up, i can't make it on time!!!

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Fri, 24/06/2022 - 20:35


Usually, I am on time. Arriving fifteen minutes is late for me.

Submitted by Akyedze on Mon, 20/06/2022 - 20:48


I like being there early. It's better to also be late than not to be there at all.

Submitted by omidabbasi on Sun, 19/06/2022 - 07:11


i always try to be on time. because it's important to me too much to get on time. but suddenly, sometimes it's heppen to me to be that i'm late. for example, things like traffic, accident make me that i'm late or maybe i leave something at home and have to go home and take it. anyway i hope these things don't happen to me anymore

Submitted by Lorena Peña on Fri, 10/06/2022 - 23:00


Somenthing unxpeted happend. sorry, but i'm arrive ! just sarching for a park,

Submitted by Rosie_Hawkins on Wed, 08/06/2022 - 19:33


I'm in time as long as i have a good mood throughout the day:)

Submitted by Oliver Lucas on Tue, 07/06/2022 - 15:40


I'm usually on time, but sometimes I'm late because some unforeseen event. I consider it as late, when the people arrive more than 5 mins late.

Submitted by Sofía02 on Sun, 05/06/2022 - 01:34


I usually arrive early. because I don’t like to be late. Of course, there are eventualities that I can’t control and sometimes I usually arrive a little late. I consider it depends on the person who is late, for me it can be 10 to 20 minutes.

Submitted by Sara3 on Fri, 03/06/2022 - 11:29


I am almost on time when it comes to meeting friends, going to classes, or attending events. Of course, there are some exceptions; when something unexpected happens, and I'm not able to arrive at the destination on time. For me, 15-20 minutes is considered as being too late.

Submitted by Fatma saad on Thu, 02/06/2022 - 10:51


I have a big problem with the delay.. Because of what my mom was doing to me when I was going to school.
And now I'm not going any way without being late. And I wish to change this, but I really can't

Submitted by Crane_Eliza on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 08:28


I'm always on time actually. I hate keep people waiting for me, on the other hand It makes me angry when they keep me waiting!

Submitted by binhpt.123 on Sun, 29/05/2022 - 17:14


I'm usually punctual. But once I was late because my motorcycle didn't have enough gas.

Submitted by soehtike1231 on Thu, 26/05/2022 - 17:57


I am the one who usually late when I'm going to work.I know it's not a good habit.So, I gonna change that habit as soon as I can.

Submitted by pacode on Thu, 19/05/2022 - 10:35


i have like this stek. I learned a lot

Submitted by amira_ashraf23 on Wed, 18/05/2022 - 04:40


Usually i be in time.

Submitted by pitcharat on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 11:28


I’m usually on time. More than 10minutes it’s late for me.

I usually on time. But it has exceptional times. That is when I oversleep and the alarm clock is my great helper. It helps me don't late my appointments. 10 minutes is the maximum for waiting. So no matter what you do let's be on time because no one likes to wait

Submitted by erkosman1 on Mon, 16/05/2022 - 15:13


I usually make an effort for go to my appoinments on time. 15 mins late is for me

Submitted by Dave.7 on Wed, 11/05/2022 - 01:53


I'm always on time because I feel lateness is some sort of disrespect, for me 5 minutes is late.

Submitted by Waleed kasem on Tue, 10/05/2022 - 19:28


I don't late for my work, but last week I was late because I didn't get up early. When I arrived my boss asked why I didn't come on time, I explained the reasons why I was late, he said ok, it's fine.

Submitted by Pann Nilar Htun on Tue, 10/05/2022 - 09:19


Are you usually on time or late? How many minutes is ‘late’ for you?
I respect on time and always try not to be late. But if I late even a minute, I will contact the person who is waiting for me. I will apology for being late, then explain her the reason for late. I do not want to be late for any reason. So I leave home 10-15 minutes early when I have appointment.

Submitted by b.yakar on Sun, 01/05/2022 - 21:59


when I was at university, I was usually on time. I prepared very quickly. but now I'm running late nearly anywhere and any time. however I never sent a message my friends. generally I waited them. This is my turn. (please if I have mistake reply me for correct one)

Submitted by Jaci Anita on Sun, 01/05/2022 - 18:06


Usually I am late. For me late is 10 minutes or more.

Submitted by saurav1521 on Fri, 29/04/2022 - 13:38


I am running late always whenever my friend invites me to any party or any occasion in meatspace. Otherwise, I am also very punctual.

Submitted by cmr on Sat, 23/04/2022 - 13:28


i usually be on time if i'll meet my friends or i have an appointment because i hate waiting for someone but i run late when go to school. i hate get up early and school is so far from i lived place

Submitted by SetarehS on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 16:11


I try to be on time , I think 10 mins is late ,because time go slowly for people that are waiting.

Submitted by Andrea_Mata on Sat, 16/04/2022 - 22:44


A: I will be there in 5 mins, please can you wait me.
B: Sure, I am in the coffee. LMK when you arrival
A: Ofrcorse. Today the Traffic is horrible

Submitted by francozv11 on Fri, 15/04/2022 - 15:07


In South America the puntuality is important. Excuses like the traffic, lost my keys or dirty my clothes aren't tolerated. Maximium you can arrive 5 minutes late.

Submitted by francozv11 on Fri, 15/04/2022 - 15:00


A: I'll be there in ten minutes. I had a problem in my house. I didn´t find my keys.
B: Ok no problem.
A: Sorry, I am in the bus stop for five minutes and the bus don´t arrive
B: It´s fine. I am waiting
A: This is not my day. I don´t find the place. Send me the ubication by whatsapp please.
B: Don´t worry. I send it now.

Submitted by Pone Nyak on Thu, 14/04/2022 - 16:16


I'm usually late. My friends are also late. I'm so impatient to be waiting others though I'm not usually on time. Just waiting for 5 mins is so much for me. So, I feel others who have to wait me and I am trying to be on time.

Submitted by Edna on Tue, 12/04/2022 - 11:26


Me: I’m sorry I will be late 15 mins. Aargh! My car isn’t running.
Annie: It’s ok. LMK when yours fix. I’m fine at cafe’s shop.
Me: Thx for waiting.

Submitted by amira_ashraf23 on Sat, 09/04/2022 - 00:57


I'm usually on time.

Submitted by Maya_12354 on Fri, 08/04/2022 - 02:29


When I was studying at the university I had to wake up early, but then, I lost that habit, and now I'am always running late any meet, I hope to improve in that aspect of my life, I have :') , I don´t already say "please wait for me, I'll be there in 10 minutes", that is bad habit.

Submitted by hoquyly14112 on Thu, 07/04/2022 - 02:55


I am usually on time but sometimes I'm still going to work late.

Submitted by sinilidoch on Sun, 03/04/2022 - 16:28


I usually on time, yes. I don't like when my friend to be late for 15 or more then 20 minutes after. But I know what is late is important part, cause the September 11 event a show how can important to be. For those who don't know: the people who really had late to their work - the safe of their lives. After that, I will not regret and emabarrass when I lateness.

Submitted by nadyanightingale on Tue, 29/03/2022 - 19:16


I'm running 15 mins late! Sorry!!
No problem! LMK when you take the last bus.
Fine! Thank you for waiting!

Submitted by Alien speaker on Mon, 28/03/2022 - 18:45


I usually ready on time and I don't like people who arrive late, I mean if you have a meeting and you need to take your time to more activities it's ok but respect the others time, get up earlier, be faster doing things, leaves house 5 minutes before but don't be late.

Submitted by Moh18 on Sun, 27/03/2022 - 13:49


every day I get up at 6:00 am, and always I leave home 10 mins at late, this delay causes me to drive fast

Submitted by AMArq on Mon, 21/03/2022 - 18:09


For appointments I usually be on time. But sometimes I'm late because of the traffic jams.

Submitted by Laura Ruiz on Fri, 18/03/2022 - 05:13


I usually on time, but when I am late it's because there is a traffic jam or something like that.

Submitted by VanMinh on Sat, 05/03/2022 - 13:29


I'm rarely late for class. I say sorry to my teacher when I'm late for class. I just late less than 10 mins. ( I have been learning English for 4 months ago, so If I have mistakes please correct those mistakes for me. Thanks a lot ).

Hello VanMinh,

I'm afraid we don't provide corrections of our users' texts, though if there's a specific phrase or sentence you want to ask us about, we can usually help with that. Your last sentence, for example, has a small error -- I'd recommend 'I'm less than 10 mins late' or 'If I'm late, it's usually less than 10 mins late'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by haroonsateer on Tue, 01/03/2022 - 12:14


I am usually on time for the important and urgent issues, but mostly I am late for unimportant and non-urgent matters. Sometimes being late has it's benefit such as paying late for dinner whenever a friend is with you.

Submitted by GloStar22 on Sat, 26/02/2022 - 19:55


I usually be on time for my dates, but when I have arrived late, that situation is embarrassing for me. I explain to the person I´ll see, and express my apologies. For me ten minutes its to late.

Submitted by zubeir on Tue, 22/02/2022 - 08:07


I'm always punctual but sometimes I may be 5 mins late, due to sleeping late.

Submitted by mostafa taha on Thu, 17/02/2022 - 13:19


I usually don't late for any meeting or any class, but sometimes I late some minutes because the traffic is very bad.

Submitted by fancychild on Sun, 13/02/2022 - 04:02


I always try to be on time by calculating the total time taken for me to reach the destination, even when going out with friends. I usually add extra time to my estimation to prevent unexpected situations like traffic jams and damaged vehicles. Although I always want to be on time, it is not a problem for me to wait for someone. For me, 30 minutes is probably considered as late but I would not be pissed off if they are important to me and they can explain why they are late.

Submitted by sangprovip113 on Sat, 12/02/2022 - 04:04


I consider myself as a person who is not really punctual because as a student I was often late for school time, as a result, I got punished a lot by my head-teacher, it is really remarkable memory to me. For me, 5 mins are appropriate but ten or more is where I use the word 'late' to define