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 jaweherwerdi on Sat, 28/10/2023 - 19:17


I am almost late at the work. I try hard to be earlier but I failed every time because it so difficult to destroy such bad habit even when i wake up early i waste all of time preparing my self. i am a lazy girl and its so hard to be in time for one week for example but i have faith that one day i will succeed to change this habit and be in time.

Submitted by Minh Ngọc Minh on Sat, 28/10/2023 - 05:55


I apologize to my ex for being late. He's is a patient person because he always waits for me....

Submitted by cicerocoghi on Sat, 21/10/2023 - 17:37


I try to be on time. I prefer to get early than later but I can wait 10 minutes for later person....

I think that being late for an appointment is quite dishonourable.
You don't respect your time or either others' time !

Submitted by gungoromer on Thu, 19/10/2023 - 14:52


My ex:

Hi, I'm sorry. I running 15 min late. Because there is a traffic accident and the traffic is terrified. let you know five minutes later.

Submitted by havana on Wed, 18/10/2023 - 07:07


Yes I am usually on time.I think people who respect time they respect themselves .

Submitted by ALNABHAN on Tue, 17/10/2023 - 16:02


I always on time and I hate waiting !
In my university days, I used to go to class even before the teacher.

Submitted by Raho on Sat, 14/10/2023 - 08:40


usually am on time but sometime 5 -10 minutes is maximum for me to be late

Submitted by yumyum on Wed, 11/10/2023 - 12:05


Honestly, I am always late, but I try to be more puntual

Submitted by Nancy100 on Tue, 10/10/2023 - 17:07


I hate being late. I always try to get there a good 5-10 minutes early to avoid any traffic and not keep others waiting. It's just a simple way to show that I respect other people's time.