Learning English

Inspiring language learning since 1943

English Change language
2

Unit 2: English In A Minute
Give us a minute and we'll give you English

Select a unit

  1. 1 English In A Minute
  2. 2 English In A Minute

Session 34

What phrases can you use to apologise to your boss? Let Sam teach you in this English In A Minute.

Session 34 score

0 / 3

  • 0 / 3
    Activity 1

Activity 1

Ways to say 'sorry' part 2 - formal apologies

What phrases can you use to apologise to your boss? Let Sam teach you in this English In A Minute.

Watch the video and complete the activity

Show transcript Hide transcript

Sam

Let’s take a minute to have a look at different ways you can apologise in a formal situation.

Imagine you’re in an important meeting at work and you interrupted your boss.

To say sorry, you might say:

Sorry …
Excuse me …
Pardon me…
Apologies…
I sincerely apologise for… interrupting or for the interruption

Because for is a preposition, you can either use a gerund or a noun.

Now imagine you’re in the same important meeting at work and you give a presentation in front of your boss that is incomplete and full of mistakes.

To say sorry, you might say:

I’m afraid I didn’t finish the presentation.

Don’t be confused – afraid does not mean scared here – it’s like sorry, but more formal.

And notice that after afraid, we put a full clause or sentence.

Ways to say 'sorry' part 2 - formal apologies

If you’re in an important meeting at work and you interrupt your boss, you should apologise.

To say sorry, you start your :

Sorry …
Excuse me …
Pardon me…
Apologies…
I sincerely apologise 

If you want to say why you are apologising, we often use the word for.

Because for is a preposition, you can either use a gerund or a noun after it.

  • Sorry for interrupting you.
  • Sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt you.
  • Sorry for the interruption.

You can also use the word afraid to mean sorry. After afraid, we put a full clause or sentence.

  • I'm afraid I forgot the meeting.
  • I'm afraid to say that you're out of line.

_________________________________________________________________________________________

To do
Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

English In A Minute Quiz

3 Questions

Test your understanding of this lesson with our quiz!

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y

Downloads

You can download a PDF document for this episode here.

More

We hope you enjoyed English in a Minute. You can find more episodes here