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 Hang_Nga on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 15:33

I always have a sense to go to work on time but i used to be late several times because i had got a problem on my way to work.

Submitted by linhview on Tue, 16/04/2019 - 09:53

Dear British Council, Please guide me to do" Writing A1: A message to say you're late – preparation"? I don't add other answers in groups, I can only put 1 answer in correct groups. I wait feeback form you!. Thanks
Hello linhview I'm sorry this was confusing. You have to always move the words by clicking or pressing on the small white hands in the top right corner of the word boxes. For example, if you already moved 'Sorry!' into the second box and you want to move 'I'm running late' to the box, you must click on the small hand in the top corner of the 'I'm running late' box and then you must click on the small hand in the top corner of the 'Sorry!' box. Then it should move there. It sounds difficult but is quite easy once you see how it works. Please let us know if you have any more trouble with this, and sorry for the inconvenience! All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Edicita on Thu, 11/04/2019 - 04:20

Usually I'm late 10 to 15 mins but I'm working to be punctual.

Submitted by SaraA on Sun, 31/03/2019 - 13:51

I think I'm usually late 5 to 10 min because of the traffic jam in my city. So, I'll try to be more accurate on time and get out early enough before my meetings.

Submitted by Kavi on Sun, 31/03/2019 - 04:24

I always try to come on time.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 27/03/2019 - 12:21

Hurry up hurry up ♬ before I lose my temper hurry up hurry up before you lose the game hurry up hurry up before I change a diaper♬ BTW, "please hurry up" and "please hurry", which would you say to your collegue? (」°ロ°)」
Prince Hurry?! JK (・_・)ヾ(^o^;) Thank you Wendara!

Submitted by Laura1184 on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 09:12

I always try to be early on meetings, but in sure in many times i can't, and i always have many reasons. To be in time anywhere in my life helps to me my husband...