Unit 04 :
Running late


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Repeat these sentences with your teacher first.

  • What’s up (phr.)
  • running late (phr.)
  • make it (phr.) We finally made it to Paris. It was a long day.
  • on time (phr.) I hope the plane leaves on time.
  • traffic jam (n.)
  • let the others know (phr.)
  • go ahead (phr.)
  • discuss (v.)
  • will do (phr.)
  • as…as + possibility
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Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Hi, James. What’s up?

Hi, Monica. I’m really sorry but I’m running late this morning. I might not make it to the meeting on time.

Oh, really? Do you know when you’ll get here?

I might be like ten minutes late. There’s a big traffic jam.

Hmm, it’s probably okay. I’ll let the others know.

Great, thanks. Go ahead and start without me.

Okay, we can discuss other topics first.

Sound good. I’ll get there as quickly as I can.

No problem. Just get here safely.

Will do. Thanks.

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Read the article with your teacher.

How to be late for work without making your boss mad


Business Insider spoke with Rosemary Haefner, the chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, about how to recover from straggling into work late:

1. Call ahead, if you can

“If you know you’re going to be late, the best thing to do is to call the appropriate parties to let them know,” Haefner says. “Then, enlist someone to cover you, if necessary and possible.”

2. Consider the impact of your lateness

Did you miss anything big? If not, it’s probably best to avoid making a huge deal about being late. “If you were exceptionally late, you may need to move on to an apology letter or email,” Haefner says.

3. Apologize

It never hurts to just say sorry. “Being late is a part of life, and it’s always polite to apologize when it happens,” Haefner told Business Insider.

4. Provide an explanation

If you’ve got a legitimate explanation, feel free to use it! Just try to sound like you’re providing an explanation, not making excuses.

5. Be honest

It might be tempting to make up excuses. “As a rule of thumb, remember to be honest,” Haefner told Business Insider. “Integrity is what every company wants. “

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Answer the following questions to your teacher.

  1. According to the article, which one is most important to your company ?
  2. Are you usually early, on time, or late for meetings?
  3. Do you have any interesting expressions in your language to say when you are late?
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Let’s practice

Choose the correct answer.

1. I’ll let the  _____ know.

A. others
B. another
C. either
D. other

2. I’m ______ late this morning.

A. been
B. come
C. run
D. running

3. I might be like ten minutes __a.__. You can just go __b.__ and start __c.__ me.

for / way / without / late / with / ahead

4. I hope the plane leaves ____ time.

A. off
B. at
C. on
D. in

5. I’ll get there ______.

A. quickly as I can
B. as soon as you
C. as fast as can I
D. as quickly as I can

6. Drink _____ you want.

A. as much milk as
B. as more milk as
C. as soon as
D. as many milk as