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 GaboKun on Sat, 01/04/2023 - 22:25


I try to be on time, but I'm often late for many problems, for example: the bus is late or the traffic is in the way. I think 1o minutes is late for every activity, the best choice is stay 5 or 10 minutes before the hour.

Submitted by hana88 on Fri, 31/03/2023 - 22:08


I am trying to be on time for my work or meetings, and almost I can do that, but sometimes I do it late.

Submitted by Nylaeshal on Fri, 31/03/2023 - 00:50


I m always late.When my daughter was little, I would pick and drop her to nursary. The administration was always angry with me for late pick-up.

Submitted by eminecengelr on Wed, 29/03/2023 - 20:08


I think 25 mins late for me

Submitted by erio on Wed, 29/03/2023 - 02:48


I apologize for the delay and inconvenience this may have caused. unfortunately. I am running a bit behind schedule and will be arriving later than expected. I will do my best to minimize any further delays and appriciate your understanding. Thank you

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Submitted by _Moon_ on Sun, 26/03/2023 - 07:08


I always be on time when I committed to meet someone. But when I was in university, sometimes I do late because of my delay wake up. This happened cause I didn't prioritize university classes as high as other things. Typically I meet anyone rarely so I always give high priority to my commitment and arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes early. This type of behavior reflects how responsible a person is and give value to others time.

Submitted by esteban_vera on Sat, 25/03/2023 - 22:06


I think 15 mins is late for me

Submitted by mimisy on Sat, 25/03/2023 - 18:19


I'm usually on time because I don't like be late really. If I'm late somewhere I start to be nervous. So I always get up early!

Submitted by anaisfleur on Mon, 20/03/2023 - 09:49


I am always on time. I am usually even early.