20+ Most Common Excuses for Being Late

Useful English Phrases to Excuse for Being Late Everyone Should Know ...


1. My car broke down.

2. Sorry I’m late.

3. Sorry – I didn’t hear the alarm clock.

4. I slept right through the alarm.

5. I couldn’t find a parking space.

6. The roads were chockablock.

7. It’s not an easy place to find.

8. I got lost coming here.

9. I apologize for being late.

10. I’m sorry for being late.

11. Sorry for the delay.

12. Sorry to keep you waiting.

13. I'm sorry, I couldn't make it that day.

14. I'm sorry, I couldn't make it in time.

15. Sorry, my car broke down on the way.

16. I'm sorry, I got a little late.

17. I overslept.

18. I had to wait ages for a bus.

19. The bus was late.

20. I lost my car keys.

21. I was tied up in a meeting.

22. I got stuck in traffic.

23. I fell asleep on the train and missed my stop.

24. I got caught by police.

25. The traffic was terrible.

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