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

Yesterday 18:45

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

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

Today 9:03

Feeling any better?

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 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 Andrea Valencia on Mon, 17/05/2021 - 17:53

The last time I cancelled a plan was this morning, I couldn't go biking with my boyfriend because it was raining this morning.

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.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Wed, 14/04/2021 - 13:59

Honestly, I don't remember when I last canceled an appointment!

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Fri, 09/04/2021 - 02:33

I cancelled meeting with a friend last year because of the virus but I still haven't made it to meet with him.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Thu, 01/04/2021 - 15:19

I Don't remembre Very well the last time where i have cancelled a plan, but I do cancel plans if i got something more importante than the plan!

Submitted by In on Mon, 08/03/2021 - 03:31

I canceled a plan for tomorrow. Because I have to work

Submitted by Anhvu on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 13:57

Last week. i cancelled a plan because i'm no feeling well. I want to get plenty of rest. I walked along a park and i felt happy for that.

Submitted by khalidait on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 13:15

have been cancelled many plans and dates because some you cant expect an important and serious things like sick or when you have to do you homework or when you have to complete you tasks

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 18:02

I haven't cancelled any plan about one month, yet. But now, I will cancel to go back home to participate Election because of covid-19. I am in lockdown now. I can't go anywhere from my hostel. So, I participate the election in this town. Today, I did it to participate. Election will take place in November 8 in my country. It is very important to change for my country.

Submitted by Matt18 on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 12:55

last week I have invited to a breakfast by my a close friend but I could not go because I had got a terrible headache the night before. I did apology as I sent message and I said I cannot make it to have a breakfast tomorrow due to the issue. She responded very politely and asked me "just shout if I need anything." Also, she popped around with a delicious soup in the evening.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Tue, 29/09/2020 - 08:10

In the near time, I haven't canceled any plans, yet.
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Submitted by danisep on Sat, 12/09/2020 - 00:45

I don't remember have canceled any plan but I remember before covid, I canceled a family meeting at my aunt house, I like my family and specially my parent, siblings and nephews I love them, but some aunts and cousins are toxity people, so for that time I prefer say I can't make it, but if don't mind you could get me some food come back way to home, I appreciated thank you so much.
Hey Boy, You are cool! Your mention; if you don't mind you could get me some food come back way to home :) Lol

Submitted by shironeiko on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 11:03

I cancelled a group meeting on the last sunday. The reason is I can't get the city in time. I felt so sorry to my friends.
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Submitted by shelly on Thu, 27/08/2020 - 03:58

Dear Bella, I am writing to tell you I cannot present at tomorrow's party. I am feeling really ill now, maybe I should go to the doctor tomorrow. I am really sorry for this inconvenient caused to you and I feel really guitly. Later I will send you all the responsibility that belonged to me, thank you very much for understanding. Yours sincerely

Submitted by Rinaa on Wed, 19/08/2020 - 21:28

I hate canceling plans, especially in last minute,I always feel guilty if I leave someone down. But today I had to do it, because I didn't have other choices. Today I canceled a plan. I have received an invitation from my best friend for her bachelorette party two days ago, and I was so excited to go there. But when I woke up today I felt under the weather, my stomach hurts and I had vomiting and nausea. I could make it, to attend the party and I felt so bad about it. I can't make it for today, I'm really sick. have you visited the doctor yet? Not yet, I'm waiting for my father to send me until then I'm using some pills for my nausea and vomiting. I hope you to get better soon if you need something from me let me know If you don’t mind, can you get me a chicken soup on your way home? Yes, of course, it's ok if I bring it after 5 p.m ? do you need it earlier No, it's okay I have some leftover soup from the lunch I can eat it until you come. Ok see you soon, take care of your self.

Submitted by aml96 on Tue, 18/08/2020 - 17:12

last two weeks i don't think i can make to visit my aunt because in the evening my uncle son's visit us we cancel the meeting with my aunt and start to preparing lunch and so on we have really terrible time

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 18:12

Last week, I canceled a plan to go to the coffee house with my friend due to my daughter's illness. We planned it for one month and it was canceled at the last minute. My friend was so sad because we didn't see each other for ages. But she was also sympathetic about my problem. And we had agreed to meet next weekend. I hope it will be done.

Submitted by jhn__26 on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 05:51

As far as I can remember, I canceled my appointment probably 4 months ago because coronavirus started to spread.If it wasn't for coronavirus, I was going to play with a group of seven friends.I was planning to get together for the first time in quite a while, so it was cancelled and I was depressed.However, since we couldn't see each other, we had a group call using zoom, which allows us to make online video calls.I was very happy to be able to connect like this even if we couldn't meet.In addition, either of us forgot our plans, got sick, or didn't have money to play with, and so on.One of them is bad, but nobody is bad in the case of coronavirus.I couldn't help it, but I think I made a wise decision.After the declaration of an emergency situation, I thought it was strange for us to get together and play when even the company and school stopped commuting and went online at home, and we should protect ourselves.We cannot take responsibility if we transfer them to family, friends, or close friends.I don't think coronavirus will disappear for a while, so I thought I had to live together well.

Submitted by Nanami Tsuchiya on Tue, 28/07/2020 - 06:59

The last time I was cancelled a plan last week. I was supposed to go to Okinawa in this summer with my friend, but now, corona virus pandemic is happening in the world. Temporarily, that situation was getting better, so I thought I could go to travel in this summer vacation and I was making a plan. However, corona virus pandemic is getting worse again. We had no choice but to cancel a plan about going to Okinawa in this summer vacation with my friend. Our plan is going to Okinawa for a week, stay at very nice hotel, and eat many good foods. We did enough research beforehand, so I'm so sad. I hope that corona virus pandemic is getting better and I will go to Okinawa with my friend.

Submitted by Takaya on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 02:11

The last time I canceled was during last summer vacation. I was preparing for the part-time job that morning, but when I was brushing my teeth in front of the sink I suddenly fell. Of course, it does not mean that he fell, but that he suddenly became sick. Since I was stuck, I immediately called the store and told that I could not go to the part-time job of the day. After that, I usually find someone to replace me, but he found someone who cares about me and works for me. There are other cancellations. I promised to play with my friends. However, I couldn't play with my friends because my family's funeral was decided on that day, but I decided to exchange it next week. I couldn't make the original plan, but it was a lot of fun because I decided to go shopping. It was nice to be able to cancel both without any problems. I'm a little worried whether I can deal with it if I have a problem when I cancel again. In order to avoid the problem, I thought it was important to inform that I might cancel.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 18:54

I always cancel the plans, because I am always very excited about the planning, but at the time I get lazy lol
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Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 14:13

Honestly, I don't remember when was the last time I canceled the plan and why. Perhaps, because of the illness, I think. I have to admit that I hate canceling my plan, especially when there is someone else involved. I always feel guilty, if I let down somebody. One of the most frustrating cancelation was when I had to annul my trip to Latvia, Estonia, and Finland due to the COVID-19. I was very sad about that. Yeah, I know that during the pandemic the main thing is to be safe and healthy but it's the second time when I had to call off my visit to these countries. The first time I was bound to cancel my trip because my international passport wasn't be ready in time.

Submitted by Ryuji on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 11:53

When I was 15, I was planning to play baseball with my friends. However, when I left home, I was so hungry that I had to stay at home. I was in the toilet for about an hour and thought that the pain had finally subsided, so when I thought about going out, my parents told me that you had a cold and went to the hospital. I was really looking forward to playing baseball with my friends, but I broke my promise to play baseball and I still feel sorry for my friends. The second was when I was 18, when I graduated from school, there was a launch. I was on good terms with my friends at the time and wanted to have dinner with me, but I couldn't participate because my part-time job was so busy. I've been in contact with that friend even now, but I still don't have time to play with them, so I want to meet and play soon.

Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sun, 12/07/2020 - 19:04

my last cancelling a plan was the party at my place. I moved it to Monday from Sunday, because my husband forgot to say that we had been invited to another party.

Submitted by mouna99 on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 16:13

The last time I had to cancel a plan was before the pandemic, I was sick then I had to do.

Submitted by ademyonet on Sun, 19/04/2020 - 19:14

Fifteen days ago, I canceled my plan.Because there was coronavirus. I would go to SPA at 7th April, but coronavirus spreaded everywhere. The government forbiddened go out street. The factories stopped to production. Masked people seemed everywhere. We prisoned to home ourself.

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 03:26

My birthday by cov19 :(

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Wed, 25/03/2020 - 15:48

Maybe if I cancel plan,that`s maybe happen because I work night shifts and in the day I sleep... or really I have more important commitment.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 06:29

The last time I canceled a plan was in 1990 . I was in Italy and I decided to stay longer than I had to do.

Submitted by Dariusz on Tue, 11/02/2020 - 00:15

The last time when I cancelled a plan was a few days ago. Me and my friend had a plan to go out to a swimming pool. I had to cancelled it, because of my hurt of shoulder.

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.



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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!

Submitted by popo1011 on Sun, 14/07/2019 - 07:00

I canceled the plan of mountaineering because the weather was very cold two weeks ago.

Submitted by saydin on Sun, 26/05/2019 - 23:30

I cancelled football match when I was feel really ill.