#EngTips: How to Apologize in English

Hello, fellas! How did your day go? Mine went really well!

I have been listening to this song a lot lately. I guess I’m a belieber now! :D

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Well, we’re not gonna talk about the song. We’ll give you tips on how to apologise in English.

There are some expressions you can use to apologise. We’re going to give you some of them.

  1. Sorry. It is a very common, simple apology and there are several situations we can use it in.
    • Example:
      • when we bump into someone on the street (‘Sorry’)
      • or when we are sympathising with someone (‘I’m sorry to hear that’).
  2. I’m so/very/extremely/terribly sorry. This is similar to ‘sorry’ but adding an extra word makes the meaning stronger.
    • Example: I am terribly sorry for forgetting you birthday yesterday.
  3. I apologise for/ I’d like to apologise for. This is a more formal way of saying sorry.
    • Example: I apologise for not replying your email sooner.
  4. Please accept my (sincere) apologies. This is a very formal way of apologising, especially when the word ‘sincere’ is included.
    • Example: Please accept my sincere apologies for the misunderstanding. We will correct the mistakes.
  5. How careless of me! This phrase is used when we criticise ourselves for making a mistake.
    • Example: I just scratched your car, how careless of me! I’ll take it to a garage.


Thank you for participating in our #EngTips session, fellas. We’ll see you again, tomorrow!


Compiled for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

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