17. Giving an Excuse for Being Late to Work


A: Excuse me for being late to work.

B: Where have you been?

A: My car broke down.

B: That's too bad. Please try to fix it so that it doesn't happen again.

A: Yes, I'll work on it.

B: Thank you, have a seat. We are working on the new project

A: Great! Fill me in.

B: Let's take a look at the Campbell Project.

A: I don't understand the projected revenues.

B: Let's take another look at it for those of you who don't understand.


A: I am sorry I am so late to work.

B: What was the problem?

A: I lost track of time.

B: Things happen; make sure it doesn't become a habit.

A: It won't happen again.

B: All right, please take this message and call this client.

A: No problem.

B: Now does everyone understand the diagram on the board?

A: Yes, I understand the numbers.

B: I will explain it again; especially for those of you who arrived late.


A: I lost track of time, am I late?

B: Yes. What kept you from arriving on time?

A: My friend needed me to help him.

B: I realize that everyone has emergencies; just get here on time from now on.

A: My apologies.

B: I appreciate you saying that and would like you to join us in our meeting.

A: Sure, I'll sit right here.

B: Wonderful, does anyone have any questions about this project?

A: I am confused about the projected revenues.

B: I'm glad that some of you get it, but let's go over it once more.

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