A message to say you're late

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.

Task 1

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Submitted by 1terrenote on Wed, 10/07/2024 - 11:10


I'm usually on time. In my culture, be late is very incorrect and direspectful and when I was younger, I was always ahead of schedule. But the older I get, the slower I become... The older I get, be in the clouds I become. See you later the team !

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Submitted by Mohamed-Halila on Mon, 08/07/2024 - 13:02


I'm usually on time or even eariler than expected. I don't want to be late even one minute.

I think it's a bad behavior to be late and gives bad feelings for the person waiting for you. 

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Submitted by Arsham_Talebi1 on Sun, 07/07/2024 - 11:44


Kash: I'll be 10 minutes late, I am really sorry!
Jay: No problem!
Kash: Ugh, traffic never stops, at this rate, I will be more than 10 minutes late.
Jay: It's ok, don't worry. I'm in the café already so it's fine.
Kash: I am here, but I just can't find a place to park, I'll let you know when I find a parking spot, I will be quick!
Jay: Ok, but I might get something to eat.
Kash: Found one! I'll reach the café in 5 minutes!
Jay: See you soon!
Kash: Thanks for waiting

Submitted by sawpaing on Fri, 05/07/2024 - 20:41


I usually late when I go somewhere or have an appointment with someone. It usually take me about 15 mins.

Submitted by ani24 on Fri, 05/07/2024 - 10:02


I try to be on time, but sometimes getting ready takes a lot of time and the people I hang out with are never punctual.


Submitted by iamnga on Wed, 19/06/2024 - 14:48


I'm usually on time and usually arrive early if possible. I know time is precious to anyone and I don't want others to waste their time just waiting for me. I remember at my old company, if we were late to work even 1 minute, we would be fined. If we are late for the exam, we may fail. So no matter how many minutes late, it's still late. Try to be on time, you will become more professional.

Submitted by salehmub on Wed, 19/06/2024 - 01:02


It’s dependent on the type of dates , if it about something serious I usually came earlier  but  if it’s something for fun I usually be late .  I can wait to 30 mins to meet someone but more than this it’s late to me

Your opinion, on the topic of discussion, is somehow in place ; but my advice is that it is prudent to always try to be on time. 

Submitted by lucynguyen on Sat, 15/06/2024 - 18:12


Are u usually on time or late? How many mins is late for you.

I’m usually late when I hang out with my friends and actually so are my friends because we all think no one is coming on time.

But if I have a formal appointment like an interview I’ll try to be on time and to do that I will take traffic in my consideration 

Submitted by Hong Tham on Wed, 12/06/2024 - 09:42


Before, I often being late for appointments

I hang out with the group of friend- we are same hometown, we usually meet each others at the cafe on weekend

Almost of us often being late for these appointments, because we all think no one coming on time

After I met my husband, he is always on time for appointments, he felt unpleasant if me being late

I know being late is a bad habit and I tried to improve

Because Time is very important for everyone, and now I don't want bother someone and make them wait for me