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Arriving Late for a Meeting

Sarah arranged to meet her classmate, James, at 10am to work on their project together. However, she missed the train and arrived late…

James: Hi Sarah, I was just about to leave! You’re almost 45 minutes late…

Sarah: I’m so sorry James! I missed the first train this morning and I had to wait on the next one. Can we start now?

James: Mm… I don’t have much time. I’m going to play football with my friends at 11.45.

Sarah: What time will you be finished?

James: Around 1 o’clock.

Sarah: Can we meet in the café on Henry street then to work on the project? I’ll buy you lunch to make up for being late!

James: Well OK then, I can’t refuse that. Don’t be late!

Sarah: I’ll be there on time, I promise!

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Arriving Late for a Meeting


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To run up against

To experience something difficult and unexpected.

The politicians ran up against strong opposition from the people.

To wrestle with

To try very hard to deal with a problem or a difficult situation.

I wrestled with the decision for a few months before deciding to quit.

To think through

To carefully consider the possible results of doing something.

I need some time think this through before making a decision.

To knuckle down

To start working or studying harder.

He’s going to have to knuckle down if he wants to pass the course.

To talk over

To discuss a

problem or situation

with someone.

We talked over the

issues in the

meeting before

making a decision.

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