Hiya! The answer to the last episode is C.
Have you ever made a plan with someone, but then realized that you have to change the plan or cancel it? Then you’d better be careful about your expressions if you don’t want to be considered rude!
Let’s learn some useful expressions for such situations!
- I’m calling because…
- The reason I need to speak to you is…
A. I need to cancel/change my appointment.
B. I won’t be able to attend the meeting on Monday. (to someone you don’t know well)
C. I can’t make it to the meeting on Monday. (to friends you know well)
These are used to cancel or reschedule in a reasonable time——the person you speak to will have enough time to deal with it.
What if the meeting or appointment begins tomorrow or even today? Then you’d better make an apology at first.
A. “I’m so sorry for the late notice, but I need to cancel.”
B. “My apologies, I need to cancel.”
- “I was really looking forward to it!”
You can use this expression to tell the person you’re upset and you still want to meet them in the future.
- Something has come up.
You can use this expression when you don’t know the person well and don’t want to explain the details.
But maybe you can be a little more honest to friends or close colleagues. Then you can just tell them the reasons after apologies.
A. I’m really sorry! I’ve had such a busy week and I’ve double-booked myself!
B. I’ve been feeling under the weather all day. Is it okay if we postpone dinner until I’m feeling better?
- Is it possible to reschedule? (formal)
- Can we try for next Tuesday instead? (informal)
- Can I make a new appointment time? (informal)
You have an appointment with your new colleague Rose on Friday, but you want to cancel it and reschedule to next week. Write down what you will say, following the 4 steps above.
Looking forward to your comments!