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Use the word "sorry" when apologizing for mistakes or talking about bad behavior.

  • I'm sorry, I made a mistake.
  • Oops! I'm sorry.
  • I'm sorry I broke your chair.
  • Don says he's sorry for being so rude.
  • Angela said she was sorry for being late.
  • The man refused to apologize or say he was sorry.
  • Why can't he just say he's sorry?
  • Are you sorry for what you have done?
  • You had better say you're sorry.

You can also use the word "sorry" when expressing sadness, grief, or condolences.

  • The students are sorry to see their school is closing.
  • We're sorry to hear about the loss of life in that accident.
  • I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. (The word "sorry" is often used in condolences offered to friends and relatives of someone who has died.)

If you can't hear what a person said and want that person to repeat it, you can use the word "sorry."

  • I'm sorry. I didn't hear what you said.
  • Sorry, can you repeat that?
  • Sorry?

Sometimes "sorry" is used to criticize or belittle a person or a thing:

  • You're a sorry excuse for a human being.
  • This is a very sorry situation.
  • That was a sorry performance.
  • A sorry little chocolate cake sat in the middle of the table, untouched and overshadowed by all the other desserts.
  • The young woman made a sorry spectacle of herself.

sad boy

He feels very sorry about what he has done.

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Date of publication: January 20, 2017







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