Messaging to cancel a plan

Messaging to cancel a plan

Learn how to write text messages to cancel plans.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text

Hey, I don't think I can make it tomorrow. I'm feeling really ill

Yesterday, 18:45

Oh no, poor you!


Have you been to the doctor?


No, I think it's just a cold


Well, get well soon


Shout if you need anything!


Thx, I will


Feeling any better?

Today, 9:03

A bit thanks but staying in bed today I think!


I can pop round on my way home if you need anything?


Actually, if you don't mind, pls can you get me some green tea?


No problem!


See you about 6 then


Thx so much!!


Get plenty of rest! Hope you feel better soon!



  1. You don't have to write complete sentences in text messages.
  2. You can use short forms, e.g. thx (thanks) and pls (please).
  3. To cancel a plan, say I don't think I can make it. Add the date (e.g. I don't think I can make it tomorrow) and/or to + the activity (e.g. I don't think I can make it to the party tomorrow).
  4. To show sympathy, say Poor you and Hope you feel better soon.
  5. Exclamation marks (!) sound positive and they are used a lot in text messages. Two exclamation marks (!!) shows you really, really mean it!

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Submitted by anhteeny96 on Tue, 27/02/2024 - 07:50


About a month ago, I cancelled a plan to hike a mountain because of bad weather. The weather forecast predicted strong winds and heavy snow, so outdoor activities were avoided. As a result, I had to cancel the plans. It was quite disappointing.

Submitted by ddddsky on Wed, 31/01/2024 - 08:41


"When was the last time you cancelled a plan? Why did you cancel?"
umm, I don't really remember. But I think it was around a month ago. It's not really canceling a meeting. I need to choose one between two plans. My boyfriend asked me to go to a concert, while my friend asked me to see a musical. In the end, I went to the concert with my boyfriend.

Submitted by DzhusAngela on Tue, 16/01/2024 - 08:30


I dont remember this moment,but last time I made a deal to meet in Sunday evening with my friend and she must write me,but she doesnt write.

Submitted by on Mon, 23/10/2023 - 17:50


Last time I had to cancel a plan due to conflicting meetings. I had to choose which one to attend and which to cancel.

Submitted by Ensiye on Tue, 15/08/2023 - 19:01


When was the last time you canceled a plan? Why did you cancel?
I was supposed to finish one new technology in my field by two weeks later but my laptop broke down so that its windows wouldn't turn on. I was forced to take it to a hardware repairman. after two days he told me he did never encounter this kind of problem and asked me for more time in order that he repaired it. As a result, this happening forced me to set my plan back.
at first, I was very angry because little did I dream that I haven't lived up with my hopes. It was beyond believe for me! why did it occur now?
I was doing my best and put my heart into my job for the last 6 months.
but a little later, I would feel unhappy and try to face this situation more reasonably. I accepted not to try to control uncontrolled circumstances and let me see what would happen.

Submitted by lamialearning on Sat, 29/07/2023 - 11:26


I'm so sad, i can't come to meeting tomorrow. Because my parents don't letting me.

Submitted by Ro Htan on Sun, 23/07/2023 - 16:39


I canceled my appointment of the clinic because there was an emergency matter before the coming day of the appointment. I didn't want to call off any appointments as usual but sometimes, something is more crucial unexpectedly.

Submitted by Safe_Mode on Sun, 25/06/2023 - 09:51


I don't remember when was the last time I cancelled a plan and I don't remember when was the last time I was ill

Submitted by Trang Luu on Tue, 14/02/2023 - 04:48


I cancelled the hotel booking room when my sister fell down last month. She's broken her bone. So I texted to the agent and we didn't have our holiday then.

Submitted by Rita25 on Mon, 19/09/2022 - 02:12


Nice thing you asked! Just last week I was suppossed to attend a language class but I couldn't make it, I had a terrible cold and awful migraine, To make matter worse my pre schooler was at home all day since there was no school, had to look after her while I was sick. It was such a shame, I missed the class. Fortunately I got better just 2days after and was able to catch up with the missed lessons.

I don't think I can make it to class tomorrow.

*Oh! Poor you! Have you been to the doctor?

Nope, I think Its just a seasonal flu, I have runny stuffy nose and scratchy throat.

*Oooh! sorry to hear that! Pop me a mssg if you need anything!!

Actually, If you don't mind, could you get me an over the counter flu medicine.

* No problem, I'll pick up some meds and drop it off at your house on my way home. See you around 5 then

Thanks, You're a life saver!

* Get plenty of rest! Hope you feel better soon.