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


Worksheet96.32 KB

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Average: 4.3 (56 votes)
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Submitted by Lê Như Quỳnh on Tue, 05/03/2019 - 08:17

I sometimes late. That is boring days, I feel tired and want to stay alone. A cup of peach tea is enough those days. But life does not as a dream and I have to return with normal works. I go to my office and run 10 mins late. With me don't be late over 15 mins is fine.^_^
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Submitted by bachhx on Mon, 04/03/2019 - 22:41

For important meeting, I always leave earlier to be on time. Sometimes i get late, because of stuck in traffic, but not more than 15 minutes late. For me, for an unofficial meeting, being less than 10 mins late is acceptable.

Submitted by malana on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 11:44

this excercises are boring
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Submitted by teddysl on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 03:15

Every day i will late but don't feel i'm late :(
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Submitted by randyjay on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 03:12

some days i am late but i try to come on the time always
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Submitted by TP on Wed, 27/02/2019 - 11:57

I think I'm usually on time. But sometimes I also run a little late. I feel so bad when it happens. For me, 10-15 minutes is 'late'. Working on time is so good for life but there are situations we can't avoid.

Submitted by Sadasivam on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 20:48

Hi, not able to see the mistakes. Please help.

Hi Sadasivam,

I'm not quite sure what you mean. If you mean that you cannot see which answers are correct and which are wrong after you do a task then the procedure is this:

  1. First, finish the task.
  2. Next, click 'Finish' and confirm by clicking 'OK'.
  3. After that, close the Feedback window and you will see which answers were correct (green) and which were mistakes (red).
  4. If you want to see all the correct answers then click 'Show answers'.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Estudent on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 13:07

Ok I found worksheet. How Can I insert the right answer in the right side?

Hello Estudent

Do you mean the worksheet in PDF format? The worksheets are not made for using on your computer or phone -- they are made for printing and then completing with a pen or pencil.

If you mean the Preparation task, you must press on the small hand on the right side of each box to move the words into the correct group. And when you want to move more than one word into a box, you must always press on the small hand (on the right side) to 'pick up' a word and also to 'drop' it in the correct box.

Does that help you?

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team