#EngTips: Ways to Apologize without Saying “I’m Sorry”

Happy Idul Fitri for moslem fellas! For many Indonesian moslems, Idul Fitri is the appropriate time for asking and giving forgiveness to each other. There is a popular phrase saying “Selamat Idul Fitri. Mohon maaf lahir dan batin,” which means “Happy Idul Fitri. Forgive me for my physical and emotional wrongdoings.”

There are several ways to apologize without saying “I’m Sorry.” Here are the phrases that can be used to ask for an apology in a formal situation.

  1. I apologize for … / I’d like to apologize for …

E.g.: “I’d like to apologize for how I reacted before.”

 

  1. Will you please forgive my …

E.g: “I skipped my class yesterday. Will you please forgive my behaviour, Dad?”

 

  1. I am completely at fault here, and I apologize …

E.g.: “Mr. Jo, I am completely at fault here, and I apologize for smashed your window with soccer ball.”

 

  1. I was wrong on that.

 E.g.: “I forgot to inform you that our meeting has been cancelled. I was wrong on that.”

 

  1. Please accept my sincere apologies.

E.g.: “Please accept my sincere apologies for the misunderstanding. We will correct the mistake.”

 

  1. I take full responsibility …

E.g.: “I take full responsibility for any problems I may have caused.”

 

That’s all for today, fellas! Have a good night!

 

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

 

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