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That this is Harry and welcome back to my English lessons and helpful grammar tips to
help you to speak and write English in a better way. If you haven’t already subscribed,
hit that ‘subscribe’ button now and get on to our channel. And today I’m talking
to you about ways to, and here are Ways to apologise. So very easy for a man to do, to
apologise because we spend our lives doing it. If you're married, you know all about
it. Okay. So these are the different ways in which you can apologise. Simply, I apologise.
Yeah, I'm sorry. I should've got you some flowers. I forgot I was busy. I really apologise.
So if you want to put that extra emphasis on it, I apologise. Or I really apologise.
Okay. Or simply I am sorry. Or I am very sorry. Or I am really sorry. With some of these words
you'll see like apologise, we can say, I really apologise. And with sorry we can say I really,
I am really sorry. Or I am very sorry. Okay. Sometimes very and really but not always.
So you make a big mistake. You forgot about the birthday. You didn't send the card. Oh,
I'm really, really sorry. OK. It's my fault. Yeah. So it's my fault that the dinner isn't
ready because when I got home, I got onto the internet and you know what happens? It
takes a little bit of time and I forgot what time it was and I didn't put the dinner in
the oven. So it's really my fault. Am I forgiven? Another nice way to say, I apologise. Am I
forgiven? And the way you say it, you have to put a little bit of intonation into it.
Am I forgiven, I'm sorry. It won't happen again. Okay. So you've done something, you've
spilled something or you've damaged something.
You've put as I do, you put the white clothes in with the other coloured clothes. A major
war. Am I forgiven? I didn't mean to destroy your favourite t-shirt. Okay. So am I forgiven
or do you forgive me? It's exactly the same. Am I forgiven or do you forgive me? What can
I say? I'm sorry. Yeah. So when you've done something, you've no words to express your
feelings, you've upset your partner. So you just simply put your hands to your chest and
say, what can I say? I'm sorry. Yeah. Sorry, I'm really sorry. Please forgive me. And if
you've said something or done something that you really know you shouldn't have done, then
you can use these words. I shouldn't have said that. I shouldn't have done that. Okay.
So you know you've upset the mother-in-law while she was really annoying me. Well I know
I shouldn't have said what I said.
You know, she’ll know, I'll apologise. Yeah, I’ll get her some flowers. I'll buy her
some chocolates. I shouldn't have said what I said or I shouldn't have done. Yeah, I know
that child was really bold. So you sent him to his rooms that there's no Wifi for you.
There's no supper, there are no treats. You shouted and screamed and them of course your
wife says that's not the way to deal with it. You know, he gets very upset very easily.
I know I shouldn't have done that, but he really annoyed me and I did get a little bit
frustrated, so I'll apologise later and see how he is. Okay. So I shouldn't have said
that or I shouldn't have done that. If you want to be really formal about it, you can
use an expression I beg your pardon. I know, that's quite old fashioned. You don't hear
it so often, but it's something my mother and my grandmother used to use and it's quite,
it's quite formal.
It's good. It's quite nice. I beg your pardon. You know, if you bump into somebody when you're
walking along the street ‘Oh, I beg your pardon. That was my fault. I wasn't looking
where I was going’. Okay. Or if you walk into a room and you open the door on, there's
a lady or older gentleman trying to get out the door, you might step back and say ’I
beg your pardon. Please come through first’. Okay. So you're using it in that way to apologise
for your manners. Or on a bus. You want to offer your seat to a lady ‘I beg your pardon.
Please sit here. Yeah, I can stand’. Okay, so different ways, more formal ways to, to
say it. As I said earlier on, we can just say my fault. Put your hands up. My fault.
Yeah. So it's a much more modern and informal way to say it and something really quite informal.
And I've never ever used this, but I see that a lot of people do. My bad. That meaning it's
my fault, my mistake, my bad. So something you've done, you forgot to put the camera
into the bag. So when you get to the picnic and say, okay, let's take a few photographs.
Oops, I didn't put the camera in the bag. My bad. Yeah. Something you're apologising
for. Or simply I am to blame. Yeah, we'll have to look for somebody. Somebody has to
take the blame when something goes wrong, but I'm to blame for that. It was my fault.
Really. Sorry. Hands up, it won't happen again. Okay. So let me just run through all of those
again for you just to give you one more hearing. Okay. So I apologise. I'm sorry. Or I am very
sorry, or I really apologise. I'm so sorry again, put in a little bit more stress on
to it.
Am I forgiven? Do you forgive me? Okay, so you're asking, even though you're apologising,
you're asking for forgiveness. What can I say? I'm sorry. What can I say? I'm sorry.
I shouldn't have said that. I shouldn't have done that. I beg your pardon. My fault. I'm
to blame. My bad. And with a lot of these you have to put some intonation in it. So
the person that you're talking to really understands that you mean the apology. Okay. So as I said
before, subscribe to my channel and join me on www.englishlessonviaskype.com and I'm going
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10 Better ways to apologise in English - Don't say Sorry in English

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