How Could I Reply To "sorry"?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by F.D.A., Sep 29, 2007.

  1. F.D.A.

    F.D.A. New Member

    I 'm a student of English language and in the first steps in that, I was in a situation where some dear person said to me "I'm sorry, I apologize" but I dont know what to reply in English!!:eek:

    used to say "it's all ok" a phrase I use with my friends but not with special persons!!

    excuse me if I asked what are the best OR formal or the most polite expressions used in reply to apology???

    thank you

  2. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    It depends very much on the situation. Do we mean someone is squeezing past your seat in a theater and says "So sorry!"? Did your co-worker spill a glass of water at the lunch table? Has your son just wrecked the family car? Is your doctor telling you that your mother is dying of cancer? Is your business partner apologizing for embezzling funds and leaving you bankrupt?

    The response would vary...
  3. nichec

    nichec Senior Member

    Hmmmm...............You said that it's someone dear and special, I wonder, do you mean it in a romantic way?

    There are too many possible answers to "I am sorry"

    It's okay.
    Don't worry about it.
    Don't sweat.
    Not a big deal.
    Don't be.
  4. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    Or, slightly more formally, 'not at all'.
  5. olliemae

    olliemae Senior Member

    Kyoto, Japan
    New Zealand/America, English
    It also depends on whether or not it is ok.
    Situation 1:
    Someone ran you over and broke your leg.
    Maybe you forgive them and accept their apology, but it's still a major problem for you.
    In this case you could say "I appreciate your apology."

    Situation 2:
    A friend stepped on your toe.
    "Please don't worry about it in the slightest."
    "Don't give it another thought."
    "That's very kind of you, but an apology is not necessary."
    "No actually, I like having my toe stepped on. Please do it again." (OK, maybe not this.)
  6. F.D.A.

    F.D.A. New Member

    I think what I need is in reply 2!
    however I benefit from the rest replies
    thanx all
  7. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    "It's OK/fine/alright" are probably the most popular choices;"no problem," while still popular, does not fit every situation.
  8. F.D.A.

    F.D.A. New Member

    thanx alot bibliolept!! :)
  9. camaysar Senior Member

    usa, english
    Just to add... if you are speaking of a very dear person, and if it fits the situation, you could be a bit more personal/tender, and say, "You don't have to apologize, I understand." (If you indeed do understand)
  10. pooxyyy Senior Member

    French - France
    you can also say:
    never mind
    no problem
    it's okay
    no biggie (slang)
    ( correct please if there is any mistake )

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