• Lawrence Pitcher

Lesson 3 - I'm sorry for being late

Updated: Aug 31, 2019



This lesson is about making an apology and accepting an apology.


You will practice saying sorry in various situations. We will practice saying sorry for small things like spilling a drink, and we will also practice saying sorry for big things like crashing your partner's car.


I'm sorry for = I apologise for


Apologise is usually used for more serious situations that sorry.


I'm sorry that I crashed your car = I'm sorry I crashed your car



Here are some example apologies:


> I'm really sorry for spilling my drink on you / I apologise for spilling my drink on you / I'm really sorry I spilled my drink on you


> I'm really sorry for being late / I apologise for being late / I'm really sorry I was late


> I'm really sorry I forgot to call you / I apologise for forgetting to call you / I'm really sorry I forgot to call you


> I'm really sorry for getting so angry / I apologise for getting so angry / I'm really sorry I got so angry


> I'm really sorry for stepping on your foot / I apologise for stepping on your foot / I'm really sorry I stepped on your foot


> I'm really sorry for cheating on you / I apologise for cheating on you / I'm really sorry I cheated on you


people often give reasons when they say sorry:

> I'm sorry for being late. The train was late



You can also say that you that your actions were unintentional:


> I apologise for that. I didn't mean to do it


> I apologise for hurting you. It wasn't on purpose


> I'm sorry that I forgot to call you. It wasn't on purpose



Now let's look at how to accept an apology.


The best way to accept an apology is to just be kind. You can say one of these phrases:


> Don't worry about it


> It's no big deal / It's not a big deal


> No worries



Example conversations



1. Arriving late to meet your girlfriend


Hi, I'm so sorry I'm late. There was a really big traffic jam.

Don't worry about it.

I'll buy dinner to say sorry


2. Losing your friend's DVD


There is something I need to tell you.

What is it?

I'm really sorry. I lost your DVD. I can't find it anywhere

No worries. It's no big deal.

I'll buy you a new one.

You really don't have to


3. Getting angry about not doing the dishes


I'm really sorry that I got angry yesterday.

It's no problem. I'm also sorry that I didn't do the dishes.


4. Forgetting to call your friend


I'm really sorry I forgot to call you last week

It's no big deal. You don't need to apologise.

It wasn't on purpose. Sorry!

Really, it's no problem!

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