9 Everyday Conversational Expressions Apology and Forgiveness p.1


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* 9 Apology and Forgiveness (p.1 of 2)


9.1 When you apologize for offence or failure


Im sorry. Listen <Oh! Oh! Im sorry. I didnt mean to bump into you.>

Im so sorry. Listen <Ouch! You hit me! Im so sorry. I didnt see you there. Excuse me for butting in.>

Im very sorry. Listen <Aw! You stepped on my toe! Im very sorry. Excuse me.>

Im so very sorry. Listen <I was not supposed to ask this question. Im so very sorry.>

Im really sorry. Listen <Im late. Im really sorry.>

Im terribly sorry. Listen <I broke a cup. Im terribly sorry.>

Im sincerely sorry. Listen <It was my mistake. Im sincerely sorry.>

Sorry. Listen <Did I tread on your foot? Sorry!>

You cannot believe how sorry I am. Listen <I know I caused you much trouble. You cannot believe how sorry I am.>

I beg your pardon. Listen <Ouch! You stepped on my toe! I beg your pardon. Im so sorry.>

I apologize. Listen <Did I scare you? I apologize.>

My apologies. Listen <I forgot to bring back your book. My apologies.>

My sincere apologies. Listen <Did I butt into you? I didnt see you there. My sincere apologies.>

Please accept my apologies. Listen <Unfortunately, I could not attend the ceremony. Please accept my apologies.>

I offer my most sincere apologies. Listen <I was rude with you last night. I offer my most sincere apologies.>

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9.2 When you apologize for bothering somebody


Excuse me. Listen A Im sorry to trouble you. <John belched at the table and said, Excuse me.>

Sorry to be a bother. Listen <Jim entered his fathers study and said, Sorry to be a bother.>

Sorry to be a pest. Listen <Sorry to be a pest. I need to water the flowers on your balcony.>

Sorry for the inconvenience. Listen <Sorry for the inconvenience. I need to change the sheets on your bed.>

Forgive me. Listen <Forgive me. I need to clean your room. >

Please forgive the inconvenience. Listen <Please forgive the inconvenience. There may be some noise from the street. They are paving it.>

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9.3 When you may bother somebody by moving about


Could I get by, please? Listen (used with can or may or could) <Im sorry to bother you. Can I get by, please?>

Watch your feet. Listen <Im passing through. Watch your feet.>

Im coming through. Listen <Im sorry to bother you. Im coming through.>

Excuse me. Listen A Im sorry to bother you, please let me through. <Excuse me. I want to get past you.>

Would you excuse me? Listen <When the elevator stopped, Bob said to the man in front of him, Would you excuse me? This is my floor.>

Pardon me. Listen <Harry was moving along the row of spectators occasionally stepping on their feet and saying, Pardon me.>

I beg your pardon. Listen <I beg your pardon. I need to get past.>

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9.4 When you apologize sarcastically


Well, excuse me. Listen <Oh, you cant help me because youre busy? Well, excuse me. Perhaps I need your help because I have nothing to do.>

Excuse me for breathing. Listen <Dont bother me with questions. Im busy. OK, OK. Excuse me for breathing.>

Excuse me for living. Listen <Could your business wait? Ive got work to do. Excuse me for living.>

Pardon me for being alive. Listen <Ill thank you to keep your opinions to yourself. Pardon me for being alive.>

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9.5 When you admit your mistake


My mistake. Listen A That was my mistake. <That was a bad investment. My mistake.>

My error. Listen <I made a wrong decision. My error.>

Its my fault. Listen A I am responsible for that mistake. <Im the one to blame for this accident. Its my fault.>

Its all my fault. Listen <We lost a lot of money on that deal. Its all my fault.>

I shouldnt have said that. Listen <Im sorry for my words. I shouldnt have said that.>

I shouldnt have done that. Listen <Im sorry for my actions. I shouldnt have done that.>

I should have asked you first. Listen <Im sorry I took your car last night. I should have asked you first.>

I spoke too soon. Listen A I had spoken erroneously before I learned all the relevant facts. <I know I promised you to go to the zoo. Im sorry, I spoke too soon. I have to work this Sunday.>

I didnt mean it. Listen <My words might have offended you. I apologize. I didnt mean it.>

I really didnt mean it. Listen <I said something ugly to you yesterday. I really didnt mean it.>

I sincerely didnt mean it. Listen <Please forgive me what I told you. I sincerely didnt mean it.>

I didnt mean to say that. Listen <I apologize for my words. I didnt mean to say that.>

I didnt mean to do that. Listen <I apologize for my actions. I didnt mean to do that.>

I didnt mean to hurt you. Listen <It was I who started the quarrel. Please accept my apologies. I didnt mean to heart you.>

I didnt think that would happen. Listen <My actions caused you trouble. Im terribly sorry. I didnt think that would happen.>

I didnt intend it that way. Listen <Unfortunately, it didnt work out well between us. Im sorry. I didnt intend it that way.>

I dont know how that could have happened. Listen <Boss, I proofread the document several times before sending it out. I believe you. But the client said that there were a lot of spellings errors in the text. I dont know how that could have happened.>

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