A: Where is everyone? We were supposed to start fifteen minutes ago.
B: Jo called and said she'd be here in a sec. She said she got tied up with the client.
C: Sorry, I'm late everyone. There was a huge traffic jam on the highway this morning.
D: Morning everyone! Were you stuck in traffic as well, Jess? There was a huge Pileup on the highway and traffic was backed up for miles.
B: Scott just called and said that he's running late. His last meeting ran over, but he's on his way now.
A: Guys, this is not acceptable. If I say the meeting starts at ten, the meeting starts at ten. Not ten-oh-one and definitely not ten twenty. All right, let's get started. So the first thing I want to talk about is our..
E: I'm really sorry everyone. I know I'm late but really, it's not my fault. I was getting a coffee at Starbucks and the line was way too long. I was waiting for twenty minutes to get my coffee.
be supposed to
We are supposed to be quiet during a concert.
You are supposed to be home before nine o'clock.
get tied up
Sorry I'm late, honey. I got tied up at the office.
I was tied up on the phone all afternoon and didn't get any work done.
I got tied up in traffic on the way here.
a huge/big traffic jam
We were stuck in a traffic jam.
a huge/serious pileup
I was driving in my car when I saw the pileup.
in a sec
=in a second
注意和in a minute的细微区别
be running late
Jane is running late, she'll be here in ten minutes.
Traffic is really bad, so I'm running late.
I'm running a bit late, so please start without me.
My meeting ran over fifteen minutes.
stuck in traffic
I got stuck in traffic.
backed up for miles
The traffic is backed up for miles.