It is important to be on time, especially in English-speaking countries! On time is the opposite of late. It means arriving at the correct time, not early and not late.
5 ways to say you are late:
I’m sorry for being late ( when you arrive late)
when you know you will be late ⬇️
I’m sorry, but I’m going to be late
I’m sorry, but I’m not going to make our 9am meeting.
I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it to our meeting on time.
I’m sorry but I’m going to be 10 minutes late.
Good reasons for being late (things that are not your fault):
1️⃣I’m stuck in traffic.
2️⃣The meeting is running overtime.
(You are in another meeting but it hasn’t ended yet and it is going past the scheduled end time.)
3️⃣I have a flat tire.
4️⃣I have a family emergency.
(For example, your child is sick or your mother is in the hospital.)
5️⃣My train/bus/subway is delayed.
Bad reasons for being late (things that are your fault):
(You didn’t hear your alarm or you didn’t wake up at your usual time.)
2️⃣I missed the bus.
3️⃣I missed the train.
4️⃣I couldn’t find my car keys.
5️⃣I lost track of time.