9 Everyday Conversational Expressions Apology and Forgiveness p.2


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



9.6 When you promise to never repeat a particular mistake


I wont do it again. Listen <Billy, did you try to wash the cat with soap? Im sorry. I wont do that again. I promise.>

It will never happen again. Listen <Last night, you forgot to close the garage door. This morning, I found a possum in our convertible. Really? It will never happen again.>

It wont happen again. Listen <You left the refrigerator open. It wont happen again. Ill be more attentive.>

I promise it wont happen again. Listen <You gave the remote control to little Johnny to play, and he dropped it in the fish tank. Now we cant watch television. I promise it wont happen again. Ill purchase a new remote control today.>

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9.7 When you offer compensation


I promise that Ill make it up to you. Listen <I gave you my car for one day only. Did you scratch it? Im sorry, yes, I scratched the bumper. Actually, the bumper had been already scratched several times, and I put a small fresh scar on it. I promise that Ill make it up to you.>

How can I make it up to you? Listen <As a result of your negligence, I lost my old film camera. I have had it for fifteen years. How can I make it up to you? What if I give you my new digital camera?>

Is there anything I can do to make it up to you? Listen (used with can or could) <Why did you leave our hotel room open? Now my wallet is lost. Is there anything I can do to make it up to you? In your wallet, you had ten dollars in cash, two credit cards, a drivers license, and a picture of your girlfriend.>

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9.8 When you ask for forgiveness


Please forgive me. Listen <I didnt want to hurt you. Please forgive me.>

I beg your forgiveness. Listen <Im sorry I forgot about your birthday. I beg your forgiveness.>

I ask your forgiveness. Listen <My infidelities were only occasional. I ask your forgiveness.>

I ask for your mercy. Listen <I admit I sinned a few times in my life. I ask for your mercy.>

Can you forgive me? Listen <I am really sorry for my angry words. Can you forgive me?>

Can you ever forgive me? Listen <I know I caused you great suffering. Can you ever forgive me?>

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9.9 When you demonstrate forgiveness


I forgive you. Listen <Im sorry I asked that question. I forgive you.>

All is forgiven. Listen <To do that was my idea. I admit it was ill-conceived. All is forgiven. I approved your idea. We are both suffering the consequences now.>

Youre forgiven. Listen <Excuse me for being obnoxious last night. You are forgiven.>

Youre excused. Listen <Excuse me for smoking. You are excused.>

God has been merciful. Listen <Im so sorry for my misbehavior. Will you ever forgive me? God has been merciful. All is forgiven and forgotten.>

Dont worry about it. Listen <I borrowed your car yesterday. Im sorry, I dented its bumper. Its just a small scratch. Dont worry about it.>

Dont give it another thought. Listen A Dont think about it anymore. Dont worry about it. <I lost your credit card. Let me call the credit card company and ask them to cancel my card. Dont give it another thought. We have other concerns.>

Ill let you off the hook this time. Listen A I wont punish you this time. <You made too many typos in the draft contract. Ill let you off the hook this time. Dont do that again, though. Thank you, boss.>

Ill give you another chance. Listen <I apologize for being late for work today. Ill give you another chance.>

Thats all right. Listen A I accept that. I forgive you. <Unfortunately, I cant help you financially this time. Thats all right. Ill manage.>

Its okay. Listen <I was sick a little. This is why I couldnt help you. Its OK. Youll help me next time.>

Forget it. Listen A Dont worry about it. <Excuse me for my late phone call. Forget it. Whats the problem?>

Forget about it. Listen <Oh, Im sorry. I stepped on your foot. Forget about it.>

Write it off. Listen A Consider this loss as zero. Forget about it. <Dad, I went shopping with my friend and spent a little more money than you allowed me to. Write it off. You will learn the real value of money when you start making it yourself.>

Its water under the bridge. Listen A This thing is gone like water under the bridge. <My dear wife, forgive me my inattentiveness at the reception. I was busy talking with an important customer. Forget it. It is water under the bridge. Youll make it up to me.>

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9.10 When you offer your opponent to end a dispute


Lets bring this matter to a close. Listen A Let us stop discussing this matter any further. <We are going around in circles. Lets bring this matter to a close. I dont want to argue until we have more information.>

Lets drop the subject. Listen <I insist that youve got to diet to stop gaining weight. Lets drop the subject.>

Lets bury the hatchet. Listen A Let us stop fighting. Let us forget disagreements. <Weve been arguing about our vacation plans for an hour. Lets bury the hatchet. Im ready to compromise.>

Let bygones be bygones. Listen A Let us forget what happened in the past. <We had disagreements in the past. I dont want them to put a damper on our present relationships. Let bygones be bygones.>

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9.11 When you demonstrate readiness to compromise


Im ready to compromise. Listen A I am ready to settle our argument by mutual concessions. <Im sure youve read my proposal. Ive read yours. Im ready to compromise. What about you?>

Im ready to meet you halfway. Listen <My price is probably too high for you. Your offer is too low for me. Im ready to meet you halfway.>

Lets find middle ground. Listen <We both know our positions. Lets find middle ground.>

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