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

Task 2

Task 3


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Submitted by Franky Kyaw Zin on Mon, 12/06/2023 - 15:42


I never be late when I go to my office because I always get up early in the morning, prepare what I need to go there before I sleep. Therefore, my colleagues and manager usually appreciate and trust me for this habit.

Submitted by Safe_Mode on Thu, 08/06/2023 - 16:33


Unfortunately, I'm often late. It's because I've got a fear to be earlier) When I tell late I mean fifteen mins or more

Submitted by wafya on Tue, 30/05/2023 - 10:53


Honestly I usually late 😅 and that's depends on the traffic stuck but really I'm trying to change this habit

Submitted by Natalia Bobrova on Tue, 30/05/2023 - 07:28


I consider myself as a punctual person. However, since I’ve had kids, I am sometimes late. That's why I plan my journeys to meetings in advance, allowing myself an extra 10-15 mins to ensure I arrive on time or a little earlier.
I personally believe that being 5 mins or more late is considered tardy. For many people time is a limited resource and we must handle it carefully. However, life happens, and there are always traffic jams, unexpected incidents, and unpredictable events. It's fine to be occasionally late, IMHO :)

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Submitted by ali.elhanifi on Sat, 27/05/2023 - 22:36


Hi all!
I'm a punctual person, I hate when I'm or other are late. been in time is a sign of respect to others. Also to be in time, you must been aware to not get stuck in traffic.

Submitted by eremyan_arsen on Wed, 24/05/2023 - 12:26


I try not be late and I don't like when people are late.

Submitted by robylll on Tue, 23/05/2023 - 20:18


I might be late if im in a stressful mood.

Submitted by ana1998 on Tue, 23/05/2023 - 01:30


I always on time. Because that is one of my habit and also be my responsibility :)

Submitted by jeanyves on Sat, 20/05/2023 - 08:12


Every morning I'm late, I really need to change my alarm.