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 dcrr on Tue, 16/05/2023 - 23:21


For me, punctuality is one the most important quality, therefore, I always prepare to arrive on time at the meetings. But, sometimes, the traffic, accidents or city problems, ruin my schedule. It´s awfull, I hate to give excuses for arrive late.

(If you see any mistakes in my writting, please tell me, I will be very grateful)

Submitted by minhgiaubeo on Tue, 16/05/2023 - 05:47


I sometimes arrive late to class, about 10 minutes after my teacher comes. That means the lesson begins at 7:00 a.m, and I arrive at 7:10 a.m.

Submitted by turnhs on Tue, 02/05/2023 - 21:32


The traffic is blockage. I am going to be late for work and text on my cellphone to the secretary know I will come late to my office. She takes my notice.

Submitted by mrghazy on Wed, 26/04/2023 - 15:31


When it comes to punctuality, I try to be on time either at work, meetings or at home. This a good habit to be used to it. I really feel relaxed to do so.

Submitted by TRAN VAN BAC on Mon, 24/04/2023 - 12:11


I usually go to late, so, I need improve, try go as soon as possible, when my group of friends plan for climbing, to the climbing day, I remember me late 30 minutes. I feel my worth going down. Well, I'm improving day by day.

Submitted by black Jaguar on Sun, 23/04/2023 - 10:46


I am a punctual person. I am never late. I try to get to work on time. anyway if I get stuck in traffic, I send a message to my boss immediately.

Submitted by Ganaashd on Thu, 13/04/2023 - 11:06


Nowadays I usually late 30 mins get reach to work every morning. I dont want to reach at work on time 🙈. My coworkers also always late every day. I get up 7:50 am every morning i am really sleepy person, my coworkers understand my this reason. So i appreciate them.

Submitted by victguevara on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 01:01


I'm rarely late for a meeting because it's important to respect the time of others. For that reason, when I am late 10 time minutes for any circumstance, I try to contact the person or people immediately to inform them about the situation and say sorry for the inconvenient.

Submitted by nhanyeuhieu on Sun, 09/04/2023 - 16:18


I am always more than 10 mis late in almost every appointments

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Submitted by Ikrame Mandouli on Wed, 05/04/2023 - 00:26


for me, i always try to be on time but i can't, i don' know why but the first thing that i know is i'm not a responsible woman
sometimes i thought how i can avoid this negative habit i find just one way to avert it it's to be ready 1 hour before the meeting and if i applicate this method i can be on time
i'm always running 30 to 60 mins late, i know that so long but i try to avoid this lateness....