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 Tectona on Tue, 19/09/2023 - 22:27


Dear Everyone,
I do respect and evaluate time. However, I don't mind if there is any delay on meeting's time if there was a real crisis!!

Submitted by Clau78 on Sun, 17/09/2023 - 18:27


I don't like being late. I'm punctual with my appointments

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Submitted by makar magadanov on Sun, 17/09/2023 - 17:42


Yes I’m always late somewhere. One of the big my problem was being late. When i was a student at school, i was always late for school. I was always late for classes at university. I even missed trhee exams on the smae day at the first class in university

Submitted by betelf on Mon, 11/09/2023 - 21:37


I am usually on time. I consider being more than 5 minutes as 'late'.

Submitted by bullaha13 on Tue, 05/09/2023 - 20:17


I try to be on time but usually I got late around 5 to 10 minutes. The term "late" is defined by the situation and may vary e.g. if you have to reach to a client's meeting then 5 minutes would be considered late. However if you have to check in for office then you might have 15 minutes grace time.

Submitted by Leonardofg95 on Fri, 01/09/2023 - 17:15


I usually run late, but I'm not proud of this, I think being more than 10 minutes late can be a problem for who is waiting

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

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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.