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Being Late

Being Late

Date: Apr 24 2009

Themes: Time

Grammar: Future Perfect Tense


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Some people are just always late, no matter what. It almost seems like they must be living in another reality, where all the clocks are set differently.

This can be really frustrating, especially if you’re the kind of person who’s always on time. It sucks having to wait around for people, wondering if they’re ever going to show up. And nobody likes those people who come to class 15 minutes after the professor has begun talking, or who interrupt a movie by stumbling into the theater after it’s already started.

Jason is one of those people who can never be on time. Listen in on his phone conversation with Devan, as she tries to teach him how to be more punctual.


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Devan:  I can’t believe you haven’t left yet! By the time you get here, I’ll have been here for over an hour.

Jason:  I’m so sorry. I got held up at work today. All kinds of crazy stuff came up. I’m running late. I’ll be there. I know you really needed to talk about your application to the international bowling league, so I’ll be right there, I promise.

Devan:  I really need to talk to you about that, and I’m starving, and Jason, you are the least punctual person I know.

Jason:  Go ahead and order without me. I’m sorry. I know I lose track of time, but I’m seriously on my way. I’m like five minutes away.

Devan:  What are you gonna do to not be running late all the time?

Jason:  I don’t know. Do you…do you think I should set my clock late? Do you think that works?

Devan:  I think you should…Yeah, I think you should set your clock later, and you should always give yourself an extra half hour no matter how much time you think it’s going to take you to do something.

Jason:  Yeah, that is the problem, that I have a really hard time estimating how long it’s actually gonna take to do different things.

Devan:  Just tack on 30 minutes to that time you estimate, and then you’ll always be on time, ‘cause you’re always late.

Jason:  I guess I’ll just have to do that.

Devan:  Alright. Well I’m ordering you a salad and I’m not waiting, I’m gonna start eating.

Jason:  OK, I’ll buy, I’m sorry. I’ll be right there.


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Jason was supposed to meet Devan for dinner, but he’s already really late. He tries to explain why he’s late and promises he’ll be there soon. But Devan is annoyed with him because he’s late all the time.

Devan asks Jason what he’s going to do to stop being late. She thinks he should set his clock late so he always thinks it’s later than it really is. He should also add give himself extra time to do things. If he thinks something is only going to take an hour, he should leave himself an hour and a half. Then if it takes longer than expected, he’ll still be on time.

Are you punctual, or are you always late? Does it annoy you when other people are late? What do you think they can do to become more punctual?



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Well, I used to be like you! And now I know that many people do like me!

04:16 AM Apr 27 2009 |




Hello I'm usually a puctual person, but everytime I'm late. It's the life…

09:26 PM Apr 26 2009 |



for me, i think i am quite a punctual person. However, my friends are always being late and everytime when we go out, i always need to wait for there and thus, i seem to learn from them from being late and won't be on time so often…Tongue out

for the methods of being more punctual, i think they should keep more time for doing their own things, thus they won't be stuck, and will be more punctual afterwards.

secondly, i think they can also assume their time that they need to go out, earlier than they planned to, e.g. originally, they assume to go out at 5, then they can change to assume it at 4:50 or else, then they can avoid from being late…

06:38 PM Apr 26 2009 |




Being in late is realy bad perceptionFrown

A man who promises must keep his/her promise, because "Promise is Promise"

03:26 PM Apr 26 2009 |

Laura Alvarez


I wasn´t really punctual; but when i saw that i hate to wait, i decided to set the clock and now i´m always on time. 

02:47 PM Apr 26 2009 |




i hate to be late nd i m always on time

01:34 PM Apr 26 2009 |



Be honest, I am not a punctual person all the time. And I think this can annoy my friends when I am late. Sorry about that. I think set the clock late than it really is is a good idea and I did so. It works!

01:27 PM Apr 26 2009 |


United States

im always punctual and i hate when i have to wait for people that are always late

12:43 PM Apr 26 2009 |



I don't like being late !I'd like to be on time and do with things quickly so we can save much time to do other things! 

11:51 AM Apr 26 2009 |



to be always too late is a impolite feature. Somebody who comes always too late, ought to try it, punctuality to train.

10:54 AM Apr 26 2009 |




It is one of the worst attitudes i cant deal with or bear it..and for me it is a reasonable excuse to break with a person cause i m always on time and it sucks me to wait…

09:05 AM Apr 26 2009 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi evry one

 ill try to be ontime usually.and i think im punctual.but i know a women that enjoy being await and said that" thats so funny when my husband or friends wait for me. " because of that i never stop for her … never never never

08:17 AM Apr 26 2009 |




yes ,i should say i always a punctual man. i not late. my way to be punctual is seting clock in my mobelphone. i think i am good at regulate my schedule.

05:52 AM Apr 26 2009 |



I believe, being a late in all occasion of life, reflect the person's percentage of success in his life. Late comer will never be a successful person in his life.


05:42 AM Apr 26 2009 |



I am a "time is money" type of person, so I really don't like people who's never on time

02:05 AM Apr 26 2009 |



I am a well time-managed person, so I really don't like anyone with lack of time management

02:02 AM Apr 26 2009 |

Claudia guzman


 Hello, I am usually very punctual. I hate to wait  for someone, is very annoying, it means no to have respect for the others. The best what the person who comes late  can do is to tack on the watch. 

01:32 AM Apr 26 2009 |



Russian Federation

sometimes people are late because of different circumstances e.g the traffic jam or it can happen that you oversleep, but those who are always late are  irresponsible

08:39 PM Apr 25 2009 |



i'm late when i'm nervous

08:29 PM Apr 25 2009 |



I hate being late, because I hate to wait others , so I try my best to not be late!

04:04 PM Apr 25 2009 |

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