6 English Phrases for Apologizing

1. Oops, sorry. / Sorry about that.

Say these phrases for very small accidents and mistakes, like when you step on someone’s foot.

2. I’m sorry for… / I’m sorry that… / I apologize for…

Say these phrases to apologize for specific bad things you did. The last one is more formal.

“I’m sorry that I yelled at you last night.”

3. It was my fault.

Say this phrase to accept your responsibility for the mistake.

4. I’m so sorry. / I’m really sorry.

These phrases express stronger regret for a more serious mistake.

5. I should have… / I shouldn’t have…

Use these phrases to say what you wish you had done differently in the past.

“I’m sorry – I should have called and told you I’d be late.”

6. We deeply regret / Please accept our apologies

These phrases are more formal, and are typically used in business letters.

“Please accept our apologies for the delay in delivering your order.”

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