We’ve all been late to work. It happens to everyone at some point. Usually, it’s Okay. People understand. But every once in a while, you’ll need an explanation. So, instead of giving some silly excuses which don’t sound real (The same as Michelle is giving at the start of this English Lesson) why not learn some English phrases to give excuses that sound authentic. In this English lesson Michelle teaches you some phrases for giving excuses that might just work.
The traffic was terrible-
This excuse might just sound perfect if you stay quite away from your work place.
I hope your boss is considerate enough to accept your excuse.
I couldn’t find a parking space –
This excuse is always applicable if you’re using your own means (car/bike) to travel. Usually it’s a hassle for it is time consuming to find a place to park your vehicle.
The roads were Chockablock –
This is used when the roads are extremely crowded or jammed. You could say “Sorry, the road is chockablock with cars. I’ll take half an hour more to reach.”
Sorry, I didn’t hear the alarm clock. / The alarm didn’t go off/ I slept right through the alarm
This could be a good excuse to give once in a while if you couldn’t get up on time after that last night party and are running late to work.
I had to wait ages for a bus/ The bus was late/ My cab didn’t arrive on time
You could use this at your university/ workplace when you’re late and stay in a city where the frequency of public transport is low.
It’s not an easy place to find. / I got lost coming here.
It could happen that you are late for a job interview, how genuine it would sound if you say this excuse and especially if you are new to the city.
Here are two surefire tips to prevent you from getting late:
TIP no 01 – Set your clock forward by an odd number of minutes. (Setting back by 10 or 15 minutes is too easy to calculate instantly). For example, if the real time is 10.10, change yours to 10.17. This way, you think you have less time than you do. (This always works for me)
TIP no 02 – Jokes apart, Empathize with the person who is waiting for you. Even if it is not intentional, it is not fun to be kept waiting. If you put yourself in the position of the person waiting for you, you will better gain a sense of urgency and try harder to avoid being tardy (late/ behind time)