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 MaryaSun on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 15:45

last time that i cancelled a plan was two days ago. I should met my friends the day after and we should went togheter to met some of our high school teachers. But, in these days, i don't feel very well, my mood is not very good. So, i prefered to stay at home and i cancelled our plan. But i postponed our meeting for tomorrow.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Sat, 01/02/2020 - 14:32

One year ago, I decided to learn German Language and started that with a training application language. But after a while, I thought it is better to enhance my English language skills. For this reason, I canceled my previous decision.

Submitted by minh lộc on Wed, 08/01/2020 - 13:36

Hello Teacher, can you check this sentence for me!! I had a travel to Sapa with my best friends last Monday. However we had to cancel that trip because the weather forecast announced that the temperature there is downed to -12 degrees with avalanche. It was sad to can't go there . But in turn we had a small party at my house. it went quite well and deeply great.

Hello minh lộc

Although we usually do answer specific questions about specific sentences, I'm afraid we don't correct our user's writing -- we're simply too busy working on new materials to do this. I understand your paragraph without any trouble, but there are a few errors in it. For example, in the third sentence you need a negative infinitive after 'it was sad': 'It was sad not to be able to go there'.

I hope this helps you.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by salehisalehi65 on Tue, 24/12/2019 - 16:16

i didnt remember its accurate date, when it was, but i remember last year i had a sking planning with my friend, cause of feeling cold i canceled that, and my freinds enjoyed with out me....

Submitted by Maksmatt on Sun, 17/11/2019 - 08:37

I canceled a club-meeting yesterday because I felt very unwell.

Submitted by Dawn on Sun, 08/09/2019 - 18:13

Hello Teacher, can you check this sentence for me!! I think I can’t make it tomorrow, my son has fever and I need to stay by his side all the night.

Hello Dawn,

That sentence looks fine to me apart from the last phrase. We say all night, not all the night.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by cittàutopica on Wed, 28/08/2019 - 15:33

This year I cancelled a travel with one of my friends in July, because I'd better help my niece, who gave birth a beautiful baby girl.

Submitted by Loc Dang on Sun, 18/08/2019 - 04:47

I had to cancel the meeting up with my old classmates at the college last month. It was a regret for me because we haven't seen together for about 20 years. The reason seemed ridiculous: at the time of check-in at the airport, I realised that my passport was expired two days ago so I couldn't go onboard! However, thanks to the today new technologies, I enabled to participate through the Internet!