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 Nandar Su Hlaing on Mon, 15/08/2022 - 10:12


I cancelled the trip plan to the beach last 2 month ago. Actually one of my friends made this plan for saying good bye and get relaxing and refreshing for me. I love staying beach a lot so she arranged for us but I can't emphasis and I think I wasn't happy if I didn't get a new job first. That's why I said my friend to cancel our trip.

Submitted by Fzt_abidin on Tue, 14/06/2022 - 10:37


I planned about a went to a stand-up show with my friends however, The other friends of mine planned another plan which is going to a restaurant and having dinner because of that ı had to cancel that comedy show plan.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Tue, 28/12/2021 - 13:26


Yes, Recently I have cancelld a plan but I can't remember why !

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 19:18


Last time I cancelled a plan three days'ago because of my teeth pain. My teeth get cavity and pain is very much. I was planning to going to dinner with friends but poor me I feel pain in my teeth 😢. In this time I'm treatment my teeth by a dentist.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Thu, 21/10/2021 - 11:35


it is about 5 weeks ago when covid-19 flared up again. i cancelled a picnic with my friends, we are really sad but we have to bear it.

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 06:29

I think it was a few months ago. My cousin and I had a plan to go out but I cancelled it because I had to do another thing.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 15:00

1 Hello, what's up? 2 Hi, I am feeling really ill. 1 Poor you. Could I do something? I can buy something on my way to home? 2 If you don't mind could you buy some lemons and tea. 1 No problems. 2. Thx 1 Get plenty of sleep

Submitted by Mai Khin Nway Shein on Fri, 16/04/2021 - 15:29

Hello Teacher I can't understand the following sentence. Why do you use question mark? "I can pop round on my way home if you need anything?"

Hello Mai Khin Nway Shein,

The question mark here indicates that the speaker is requesting information, even though the construction of the sentence is not an interrogative. In other words, the sentence functions communicatively as a question even though grammatically it is a statement.


It's actually not uncommon to use a statement in this way. The equivalent in speech would be rising intonation.



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