Other Ways to Say ‘Sorry’


other ways to say sorry

If you think you have hurt someone or made them feel bad, you might want to say sorry to them. Here are some expressions you can use when apologising:


  • I’m (really/ terribly/ so) sorry for being late. It won’t happen again.
  • Please excuse my late response.
  • I apologise for not calling earlier.
  • I’d like to apologise for not returning your call.
  • My apologies for the delay.
  • Please accept my apology for the inconvenience.
  • I’m afraid I can’t help you.
  • Excuse me for interrupting.
  • Sorry about the mess. I didn’t have time to clear it up.
  • Forgive me for what I said earlier. I didn’t mean to hurt you.
  • I shouldn’t have said that. Don’t be mad at me.
  • I was wrong. Can you forgive me?
  • Pardon me for being so rude.
  • I regret to inform you that your application has been denied. (formal)
  • I beg your pardon. / Pardon. / Sorry. (used, for example, when stepping on someone’s foot)
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