Useful Expressions: Excuses for being late

  1. Sorry – I didn’t hear the alarm clock.
  2. The alarm didn’t go off.
  3. I slept right through the alarm.
  4. I had to wait ages for a bus.
  5. The bus was late.
  6. The traffic was terrible.
  7. I couldn’t find a parking space.
  8. The roads were chockablock.
  9. I got lost coming here.
  10. It’s not an easy place to find.

Apologizing

Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. When it happens we need a phrase to tell the other person how really sorry we are and stop them getting really angry. Here are some phrases:

  1. Sorry.
  2. I’m (so / very / terribly) sorry.
  3. Ever so sorry.
  4. How stupid / careless / thoughtless of me.
  5. Pardon (me)
  6. That’s my fault.
  7. Sorry. It was all my fault.
  8. Please excuse my (ignorance)
  9. Please don’t be mad at me.
  10. Please accept our (sincerest) apologies.

However, we should also learn to accept apologies. Here are some phrases:

  1. That’s all right.
  2. Never mind.
  3. Don’t apologize.
  4. It doesn’t matter.
  5. Don’t worry about it.
  6. Don’t mention it.
  7. That’s OK.
  8. I quite understand.
  9. You couldn’t help it.
  10. Forget about it.
  11. Don’t worry about it.
  12. No harm done.