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?
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.
He feels very sorry about what he has done.
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Date of publication: January 20, 2017