Making An Apology | 10 Ways To Say Sorry In English

10 ways to say sorry

(1)- Sorry…

(a general way to apologise)

(2)- I'm (so/very/terribly) sorry...

(a more polite way to say sorry - use intensifiers like so/very/really to make the apology sound stronger)

(3)- I shouldn't have (done/said) that...

(used to show regret for a mistake)

(4)- How careless of me...

(used to criticize ourselves for making a mistake)

(5)- Pardon me/Excuse me...

(used when you need to get past or interrupt somebody)

(6)- I'm afraid I can't...

(used to apologise for not being able to help someone)

(7)- Sorry. It was my fault...

(used to take responsibility for a mistake)

(8)- Please forgive me...

(used to ask for forgiveness for a mistake)

(9)- I owe you an apology...

(used to apologise for a mistake that happened a while ago)

(10)- Please accept my (sincerest) apologies...

(formal apology often used in letters or e-mails)

Which way do you prefer to make an apology?