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#EngTips: How to Apologize in English

I have been listening to this song a lot lately. Well, in this post,  we are not gonna talk about the song. Instead, we will give you tips on how to apologize in English.

There are some expressions you can use to apologize. We are 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 apologize for/ I’d like to apologize 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 apologizing, 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 criticize ourselves for making a mistake.
    • Example:
      • “I just scratched your car, how careless of me! I’ll take it to a garage.”


Compiled and written by @FaridArdian for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 13 January, 2016


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#EngTips: Receiving apologies

In this article, I’ll share some expressions you can use when someone apologize to you.

So, when was the last time someone apologize to you? How did you respond to it?

Here are some expressions you can use to accept an apology:

  1. Don’t worry about it. Arti: Jangan risau soal itu.
  2. Forget about it. Arti: Lupakan hal itu.
  3. Don’t mention it. Arti: Jangan ungkit hal itu.
  4. It’s not important. Arti: Itu tidak penting.
  5. It doesn’t matter. Arti: Itu tidak penting/bermasalah.
  6. It happens. Arti: Itu biasa terjadi.
  7. No problem. Arti: Tidak ada masalah.
  8. It’s all right. Arti: Semua baik-baik saja.
  9. It’s ok. Arti: Tidak apa-apa.
  10. I don’t mind. Arti: Aku tidak keberatan.
  11. Let’s forget about it. Arti: Ayo kita lupakan hal itu.
  12. We’ll say no more about it. Arti: Kita tidak akan bicarakan hal itu lagi.
  13. We’ll consider the matter closed. Arti: Kita anggap hal ini tuntas.

One wise friend said, “There’s no shame nor cowardice in an apology. The best apology is not expressed in words, but in action.”

That same friend also said,

“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”

And that’s a wrap! I hope you like this article and find the discussion useful, fellas. :)

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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#EngTips: Making apologies

How often do you apologize for something? How do you usually express your apology? In this post we will share some expressions you can use in an apology.

The most common expression used to express an apology is ‘I’m sorry,’ but do you know that ‘to apologize’ is not the same as ‘to be sorry?’

  • To apologize is to admit your mistake, that you are at fault.
  • To be sorry only expresses regret, when something you prefer not to happen, happened.

To express an apology, you can consider the following options:

  1. ‘I do apologize for…’
    • Example: “I do apologize for breaking the window.”
    • Arti: “Aku minta maaf sebab telah memecahkan kaca jendela.”
  2. ‘I must apologize for…’
    • Example: “I must apologize for ruining your pretty dress.”
    • Arti: “Aku minta maaf telah merusak bajumu yang cantik.”
  3. ‘I’d like to apologize for…’
    • Example: “I’d like to apologize for coming in late.”
    • Arti: “Aku mau minta maaf sebab telah datang terlambat.”
  4. ‘I shouldn’t have…’
    • Example: “I shouldn’t have lied to you.”
    • Arti: “Aku seharusnya tidak berbohong padamu.”
  5. ‘It’s all my fault.’
    • Example: “I shouldn’t have left you alone. It’s all my fault.”
    • Arti: “Seharusnya tidak kutinggalkan kamu sendirian. Ini semua salahku.”
  6. ‘Please forgive me for…’
    • Example: “Please forgive me for dumping you.”
    • Arti: “Kumohon maafkan aku sebab telah mencampakkanmu.”
  7. ‘I’m terribly sorry for…’
    • Example: “I’m terribly sorry for being a jerk.”
    • Arti: “Aku sangat menyesal/minta maaf sebab menjadi seorang bajingan.”
  8. ‘Please accept my apologies for…’
    • Example: “Please accept my apologies for making you mad.”
    • Arti: “Terimalah permintaan maafku sebab telah membuatmu marah.”


Someone once told me,

“There’s no shame nor cowardice in an apology. And the best apology is not in words, but in action.”


And that’s a wrap. I hope you like this post and find the discussion useful, fellas.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, July 3, 2014


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