This lesson takes a look at saying sorry.
Four things must happen when we say sorry.
they are apology, reason, response and promise/make amends.
Adverbs are commonly used to emphasize our apology.
The most common adverbs are so, very, really, sincerely, terribly and extremely.
Please forgive me for not coming to the meeting
I’m sorry I’m late
I must apologize for what I did wrong
I’d like to apologize
Allow me to apologize
I forgot the time
I missed my train
I was ill
The dog ate it
I have been so busy lately
RESPONDING TO AN APOLOGY
Don’t worry about it
Better late than never
It doesn’t matter
That’s okay. Just forget it ever happened
I quite understand.
I suggest you do a task to make amends
That’s all right. No big deal. No harm is done.
Accidents happen. It can’t be helped
You need to make it up. I will deduct the cost from your pocket money
Don’t do it again. Don’t let it happen again
It’s too late to apologize
It won’t happen again
I won’t do it again
I’ll be more careful next time
I’ll do it right now
I’ll turn over a new leaf
Let us took at three different scenarios with teacher, mother and best friend. There are two examples for each scenario
APOLOGY I’m so sorry Sir I can’t hand in the homework
REASON I forgot to do the homework last night
RESPONSE All right. Do it later and give it to me tomorrow morning
PROMISE Yes, I will do that. Thank you Sir
APOLOGY I’m really sorry I’m late to class this morning Miss
REASON I missed the bus to school
RESPONSE It’s not the first time. It’s unacceptable behaviour. Stay behind after class time finishes for detention
PROMISE Yes I will do that Miss
APOLOGY I’m very sorry Mum, I haven’t tidied my room yet
REASON I have only just arrived home from school
RESPONSE All right. I understand. Do it now or you can’t go to the cinema later
PROMISE Ok Mum. I will do it right away
APOLOGY I’m terribly sorry Mum, I broke the window when I kicked the football
REASON It wasn’t my fault. There was a strong wind to blow the ball
RESPONSE Never mind that! I will have to deduct the cost of the new window from your pocket money
PROMISE Oh No Mum!
THE BEST FRIEND
APOLOGY I’m really sorry John. I can’t come to your birthday party
REASON I have a lot of homework to do
RESPONSE Oh that’s too bad. Never mind but I still want a present though
PROMISE Of course, you’re my best friend. I will buy you a present anyway
APOLOGY I’m so sorry John. I took your pencil by mistake
REASON I didn’t know it was yours
RESPONSE It doesn’t matter. No big deal. I have another one
PROMISE Thanks John. I will make it up to you later