A Little Late
When you work for a company, there are times when you are late or you can’t make it to a meeting. Sometimes you are sick, or sometimes you are stuck in traffic. We will study sentences you need to know to say why you are late or can’t make it to work. 当你在一家公司工作的时候，有时你迟到了，或者你不能准时去开会。有时你生病了，或者有时你被堵在路上。我们将学习你需要知道的句子，说明你迟到或不能上班的原因。
Some jobs require you to ‘punch in’ when you get to work. ‘Punching in’ keeps track of how long you worked. Many hourly jobs use this system. But if you are a salary person and do not have to ‘punch in’, then you have more flexibility. Let’s say you are going to be five minutes late. If you have your own office, then nobody will know. But if you work in a setting where your boss sees you coming in, then you will need an excuse. We’ll cover everything about being late here.
Five minutes late 迟到五分钟
If you are going to be just a little late, then you don’t need to call in. However, you will need to tell them why you are late when you get in the office. Here are some examples. 如果你只迟到一点点，那你就不需要打电话了。然而，你需要告诉他们为什么你进办公室晚了。这里有一些例子。
“Sorry I’m late. Traffic was unusually bad today.” 不好意思我迟到了，今天的交通异常糟糕。
“I apologize for being late. I had to drop off my wife at work. It took longer than I thought.” 对不起我迟到了。我不得不先送我的妻子上班。它花的时间比我想象的要长。
“I had a dentist appointment this morning and it was longer than I expected.” 今天早上我去看了牙医，时间比我预想的要长。
“I’m sorry for being late. I got stuck in every light this morning.” 对不起我迟到了，今天早上我堵在每一个红绿灯下面。
If you are the boss, then you might want to ask why your employee is late. Let’s see some of these sentences. 如果你是老板，那么你可能想问一下你的员工为什么迟到。让我们来看看这些句子。
“Running late this morning?” 今天早上迟到了吗?
“What held you up this morning?” 今天早上什么事让你不开心?
“Do you have a reason for being late?” 你能解释一下为什么迟到吗？
“Why are you late?” 你为什么迟到？
A boss or manager will not be too upset if you are late only once or very rarely. But if this is a constant habit, they might be a little more upset. 如果你只迟到一次或很少迟到，老板或经理不会太生气。但如果这是一个持续的习惯，他们可能会更沮丧。
“You have been late three times in the last two weeks. Is this going to be a continual problem?” 在过去的两周里，你已经迟到三次了。这将会继续持续下去吗?
“Your tardiness is getting out of hand. You had better start managing your morning time better.” 你的迟到已经失控了。你最好开始更好地管理你的上午时间。
“I expect you to be at your desk at eight o’clock. Do you have a problem with this?” 我希望你八点钟到你的办公桌前。你对此有问题吗?
If you hear one of these statements, then you better say something that will calm the boss down. Also, you shouldn’t let this happen again so tell him or her it won’t happen again. 如果你听到了其中一种说法，那么你最好说一些能让老板平静下来的东西。同样，你不应该让这种事情再次发生，告诉他或她不会再发生类似的事情。
“I am terribly sorry. It won’t happen again.” 我很抱歉。这种事不会再发生了。
“I had a lot of recent changes at home, but it’s all taken care of. I will not be late again.” 我家里最近有一些变故，但都得到了解决。我不会再迟到了。
“I’m really sorry. It’s been one of those weeks. It won’t happen again.” 我真的很抱歉，这是那几个星期中的一次迟到，这种事不会再发生了。