English Lesson: “Sorry”

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Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned them. Have you ever been late to class or forgotten someone’s birthday? Do you know how to apologize in English? Let’s take a look at this topic today.

The basic structures are

  • Sorry + something
  • Sorry for + V-ing something

So, when you are late, you can use either structure:

  • I’m sorry I’m late. Not, I’m sorry to late
  • I’m sorry for being late.

Here are some more examples

  • I’m sorry I missed your party last night.
  • I’m sorry for missing your party last night.
  • I’m sorry I didn’t call you yesterday.
  • I’m sorry for not calling you yesterday.

When native English speakers apologize, they usually say they are sorry and offer a short explanation. In some cultures, an explanation is not necessary with an apology, but it is a usual custom in the English speaking world. Here are some examples:

  • I’m sorry I’m late. I missed the train
  • I’m sorry for being late to class. I woke up late this morning
  • I’m sorry I missed your party last night. I had to work late
  • I’m sorry for not calling you yesterday. I fell asleep as soon as I got home from work.

Well, there you have the basics of using sorry in English. I hope you don’t have much chance to use this, but if you need to, use the examples here as a model. Thanks for reading today!

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