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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.



Language level

Beginner: A1


I am very punctual person and I always on the time , but there was an incident I would like to share that once I was late for my submission day at college , actually what happened I wake up late because I prepared the documents for submission last night I went for the bed late and forgot to set alarm.

I always come in time, because I don't like come late.

At university, I try to get to school almost 5 minutes ago. But sometimes I'm late. I'm not very good at getting up in the morning, so sometimes I can't get up. The delay time is about 10 minutes. If I am late, l will have a habit of being late, and I will be late several times in a row. For that reason, I set the university class schedule to start at noon. In high school, classes are decided because it is compulsory education. So I was getting up early so that I wouldn't be late. In that respect, universities are very easy because I can organize my own classes at university. I'm often late at college, but I've never been late for play. Because I'm ready the day before and go to bed early. Sometimes I can't sleep because I have too much fun. My parents often demand that their motivation be studied. Not likely. But in the next few years, I have to graduate from college and get a job. As a member of society, punctuality is the norm, so you need to practice now. It's tough, but if I do it now, the future will be easier, so I decided to do it little by little.

I often arrive on time. I did not remember I arrive out time or I did not late until with my friends who late alawis. I have used to be that. If someone late for my I angry. Really I angry..

I prefer to be on time instated of be late because I feel embarrassed, but if I late there is a reason for that such a traffic,we should all try to get on time or at lest send a message if you late.

i always wake up late, although i set the alarms.

I get anxious I I arrive later than I feel I should even if I am still on time .

I usually arrive on time.I prefer to arrive earlier than be late and don’t show respect to the the meetings time.Especially for formal and work meetings. On the other hand , I don’t like those who are always late and don’t respect the time.

I usually arrive on time because my private promise with favorite person only. And it is a rude act to be late. I have never been late in a formal setting. For example, part-time job, presentation or ceremonial occasion etc. Rather, it arrives earlier than the promised time because I am a natural very worrier. I will never do it. However of course not perfect. If I am late for arrival, the cause is often unusual oversleeping, problem with traffic or very trust person. It may be delayed for about 15 to 30 minutes. When that happens, I will contact to you soon and look for a way to arrive as soon as possible. I like waiting for people, but not everyone. After arriving at the fastest, I definitely apologize first for whatever reason. This is important to make the day enjoyable and meet again. I think the excuse is the worst. I firmly convey my apology. After that, I will make the best day with gratitude for waiting for me. My motto is don't be late and thanks to everything. I will continue to protect it from now on.

I usually arrive on time because I respect the other person. I think arriving 10 minutes later is being late.