A: Let’s get in the lift. Oh my God! We’ve got to go down 100 floors. This will take ages.
B: I’m a bit nervous. [Farting sound]
A: You pig!
B: I’m sorry. I’m nervous. [Louder, longer farting sound]
A: That’s disgusting.
B: I’m so sorry.
A: We have another 90 floors to go and I’m stuck with that horrible smell.
B: I’m really sorry.
A: Not good enough!
B: I cannot apologise enough.
A: Still stinks.
B: I wish I could take it back but I can’t.
B: Please accept my apologies.
B: Please accept my most abject, sincere apologies. I obviously cannot apologise enough.
A: Okay then. But don’t do it again. And I think you need to eat more fibre.
All of us sometimes need to say sorry but sometimes the word alone is not enough. The more serious our mistake or the more we have upset someone, the more serious our apology needs to be. We can add to a simple sorry with words like very, so or really to make our meaning stronger.
To be more formal, we can use apologise instead of sorry. We can make that phrase stronger by adding words such as abject or sincere.
If you are one minute late for class you can say ‘sorry’. If you are twenty minutes late, it might be better to say ‘please accept my apologies’.
That’s it for today. See you next time.