[Grammar] “My Apology” Or “My Apologies”

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Did you do something wrong? An apology might be in order. An apology is an expression of sorrow, regret, or remorse. To apologize, you can choose to send a letter if you don’t prefer to apologize in person. And correctly using “my apology” and “my apologies” is important to write the letter.

When you say you’re sorry, the other person may respond best if you choose your words carefully. With that in mind, what is the correct way to express your regrets – my apology or my apologies?

 

1. My Apology

My apology is a reference to a previous apology you made.

I hurt you last time and I think my apology is not enough to make it up for you.

“Apology” is an uncountable noun if you’re referring to a note of apology or doing something without apology.

The company sent a letter of apology for inconvenience caused by the construction.

2. My Apologies

You use apology in the plural form to express regret for being unable to do something. This is the context where you use the phrase “my apologies.”

Joan made her apologies for the delay and left the room.

Please accept my apologies for not being able to attend your retirement dinner.

You can also use “my apologies” as a direct substitute for “I’m sorry.”

My apologies. I seem to have misplaced the book you lent me.

 

Here’s a tip: Use “my apologies” if you want to say you’re sorry.

To say you’re sorry, you might offer your personal apology. However, the expression “my apologies” is used specifically to express regret for not being able to do a certain thing.

Just remember to keep apology singular if you are using it as a noncount noun, as in “letter of apology.” 

 

PRACTICE

#1 John writes a letter of _______ to his boss to express his feeling.

#2 John is late for his class and he said “_________, I was not able to be on time.”

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