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PHRASES USED IN FORMAL APOLOGIES

PHRASES USED IN FORMAL APOLOGIES

We use formal apologies to a colleague, a teacher, or a company. In this situation, you should not use casual language. You might say:

• I want to apologize.

• I want to say sorry

• I wanted to tell you I’m sorry.

• I’d like to apologize.

• I owe you an apology.

You can also add “for” after these phrases to explain the reason of your apology:

• I’d like to apologize for being rude to you. I hope you can forgive me.

• I want to say sorry for telling a lie.

• I want to apologize for what I did. That was wrong of me.

• I take full responsibility

• I sincerely apologize

And it is the same as you speak, you can use “for something” or “for doing something” at the end of the sentence.

• … for not doing the work you gave me.

• … for what I have done wrongly.

• … for any mistakes I have made.

The responses might be different, you can say:

• You may suggest that there is nothing to worry about, such as “Don’t worry about it!” “Forget about it!” Or “Don’t mention it!”

• You may suggest that the matter is not serious, such as “It’s not important!” “It doesn’t matter!” Or “It happens!”

• You may say that there is no problem, such as “No problem!” “It’s allright!” “That’s ok!” Or “I don’t mind!”

• For more serious matters, you can say “Let’s forget it!” “We’ll say no more about it!” Or “We’ll consider the matter as closed!”