Hi Bob the Canadian here.
Welcome to this English lesson.
Have you ever had it where someone apologized
to you in English or someone said sorry to you in English?
And did you know what to say afterwards?
Well in this English lesson
I will go over eight different phrases
that you can use after somebody apologizes to you,
or after they say sorry to you in English.
Well hey, welcome to this little English lesson
on what to say after someone apologizes to you in English.
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So what I'm going to try and do is
give you eight different situations
where someone might apologize to you.
And then give you the best phrase I think
that you should use in that situation.
The first example would be if someone forgets your birthday.
Maybe your birthday is on July 1st and it is now July 2nd
and your brother has not phoned you
to say happy birthday to you.
Maybe on July 2nd the phone rings and it's your brother.
And your brother says, "I'm sorry I forgot your birthday."
Two things you could say, "It's ok!" or "That's ok!"
Those would both be great responses in a situation
where someone forgets your birthday.
Hopefully people don't forget your birthday too often.
For our second phrase let's imagine a situation
where you are sitting at a restaurant
waiting for a friend of yours to meet you.
Maybe you have planned to have lunch together at one o'clock
and the clock is ticking and your friend is late.
When your friend shows up they might say
"I'm sorry I'm late I had a few things
to take care of at work
and it was hard for me to get here on time."
You could respond by saying, "Hey, it happens!"
That is a great way to make your friend feel at ease.
I'm assuming you're not upset that they're late
if you respond that way.
And I would say that is just a great way
to accept their apology for being late.
For our third way to respond to an apology,
let's imagine that your car is in the garage being repaired
and the mechanic told you
that they would have your car done by four o'clock.
Maybe your mechanic phones you and says,
"We're sorry your car isn't going to be done until five."
A great way to respond would be to say,
"That's no problem!" or "That's not a problem!"
Because hopefully you can wait
just one more hour to have your car repaired.
For our fourth phrase let's imagine a situation
where a friend of yours has borrowed your car
and when they return your car they say, "Hey,
thank you so much for letting me borrow your car,
but I'm sorry I forgot to put a little bit
of gas in the gas tank."
You would just say to them, "It's cool!"
Hopefully that's what you would say to your friend.
Usually when you borrow someone's car
it is nice to put a little bit of gas in the tank.
But if your friend was genuinely sorry
and said, "I'm sorry I forgot to put
a little bit of gas in the tank."
It would be very nice of you to just say, "Hey, it's cool!"
For our fifth phrase let's imagine a situation
where you lent your phone to a friend
and while they were using it they dropped it
on the ground and broke it.
If it was an old phone
and if you were planning to buy a new phone anyways,
when your friend says, "I'm so sorry I dropped your phone
on the ground and broke it!"
You could respond by saying, "Don't worry about it
I was going to buy a new one next week anyways."
Or there's a shorter form of don't worry about it
which is, "No worries!"
We often in English in an informal way
will respond to someone who apologizes by saying,
"Ah, no worries, I was going to buy
a new one next week anyways."
I'm not sure what you would say though if your phone
was brand new and your friend dropped it on the ground.
But I'll let you think about that one.
For our sixth phrase imagine you're at a busy subway station
and someone bumps into you and they say,
of course, "I'm sorry!"
a great response would be to say, "It's all good."
When someone bumps into you and you don't get hurt
and they say that they are sorry,
when you say it's all good,
what you're saying is that it's okay,
I wasn't hurt, it was just a soft bump, everything is okay.
So a great way to respond is to say, "It's all good."
So the last two phrases I'm going
to look at at the same time.
And those phrases are, "I forgive you."
or "I accept your apology."
Both of these you would use in a more serious situation
when someone is apologizing
for something very, very serious.
A good example would be maybe a brother or sister of yours
was really mean to you when you were a kid,
and later in life as an adult
they might come and apologize to you.
They might come and say, "I just want to apologize
for being so mean to you when we were kids."
This would be a more serious apology
and therefore it merits or it deserves
a more serious response.
So you would respond to that by saying,
"I accept your apology" or "I forgive you."
Those would be two really good answers
for that type of apology.
Well hey that was just a few ways to respond in English
if someone was to apologize to you for something.
I hope that you were able to learn
just a few more English words and phrases from me today.
I'm Bob the Canadian, thank you so much for watching.
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