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 ramadan0yassin on Sun, 27/08/2023 - 05:40


i am running 10 mins late sorry!

I usually arrive on time, but sometimes I arrive late. 10 minutes is too late for me. I don't like go to too late so I attempt to go on time

Submitted by Thamilay on Fri, 25/08/2023 - 07:15


Since I am waiting the bus no 35,I will be late.

Submitted by Hana Ho on Fri, 25/08/2023 - 04:54


I often try to do something on time. I don't like lately. if possible, i think i'm only 15 minutes late.

Submitted by academicodan on Thu, 24/08/2023 - 23:59


I'm usually on time, I always seek get ready a few minutes before!

Submitted by artoriasblue on Wed, 23/08/2023 - 20:27


I'm running 20 minutes late to the standup meeting. The dentist appointment took me more than I thought, sorry! I will do overtime this evening to compensate for the lost time

Submitted by fariba on Wed, 23/08/2023 - 09:11


i 'm usually be late. i think 15 minutes is late.

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Submitted by Habibullahkhairycs on Mon, 21/08/2023 - 12:25


I am on time usually and being on time means being polite and having respect to someones time. And being more than 5 or 10 minutes can be considered late for me.

Submitted by gomezitalia on Thu, 17/08/2023 - 03:01


I try to usually be on time. If it's possible I arrive 10 mins before.

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Submitted by Jouu on Mon, 07/08/2023 - 16:25


i am never late cuz it is so rude to make s.o waite for you for so long
for me, being about 10-15 mins late is unacceptable, no matter what the reason is