by Kate Woodford
From time to time, we all have to apologize (= say we are sorry for something we have done). This post looks at the language of saying sorry and also considers the way that people respond when someone says sorry.
First, then, the apology itself. The phrase ‘I’m sorry’ can be made stronger and more sincere by adding ‘so‘ or ‘really‘: I’m so sorry we’re late./I’m really sorry about last night. Note that people who are apologizing often say a little more at this point, either to explain why they did what they did, or to say why they are sorry:
I’m reallysorry I said that. I was just so upset at the time.
I’m so sorry I said those things. I know I really upset you.
Often the phrase should have (or shouldn’t have) is used here:
I’m so sorry…
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