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People in the UK like saying ‘sorry’ a lot! Learn different ways of apologising with Sam in this English In A Minute.

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Ways to say 'sorry' part 1

People in the UK like saying ‘sorry’ a lot! Learn different ways of apologising with Sam in this English In A Minute.

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Sam

Hi, I'm Sam from BBC Learning English.

People in the UK have a reputation for saying sorry a lot, so let's have a look at different ways you can use to do this.

So:
- You can say sorry
- You can be sorry
- And you can apologise

In each case, you use the preposition to with a person and for to give the reason you're apologising:

I said sorry to my friend for forgetting her birthday.

After for you can use a gerund or a noun.

But if you want a simple statement to say I was wrong, you can use any of these.

Careful who you say these to – my bad! is very informal and you would probably only say it after making a small mistake.

It won’t happen again is probably better in more serious situations.

Ways to say 'sorry' - part 1

There are different ways you can use to express your apologies.

- You can say sorry
- You can be sorry
- You can apologise

You use the preposition to with a person to say who you are apologising to. 

You use the preposition for to give the reason you are apologising. After for you can use a gerund or a noun.

  • I said sorry to my friend for breaking his vase.
  • I apologised to Bob for the mess.

If you want a simple statement to say 'I was wrong', you can use any of these:

- My bad!
- My mistake.
- My apologies.
- It’s all my fault.
- Please forgive me.
- I take full responsibility.
- It won’t happen again.

Careful who you say these to – my bad! is very informal and you would probably only say it after making a small mistake.

It won’t happen again is probably better in more serious situations.

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