Is it correct to say "If I am getting late, I will let you know"? The Conditional rules don't say anything about continuous tense. In addition, what would be a better way of conveying the same message?
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There is nothing wrong with using the continuous tense here. The reason your example sounds odd to native English speakers is that the idiom you want is "running late" rather than "getting late". We use "getting late" to mean that time has been passing, and the hour of the day is becoming late. We use "running late" to say that somebody (or something) is behind in their schedule. For instance:
So the correct way of phrasing your sentence is:
I wouldn´t use the continuous tense when you inform a person about a possible delay .. in this case "If I am late I will let you know " will do :) If you still want to stress the continuous action use the verb RUN instead of GET which may sound better " In case I am running late I will let you know well in advance"