how to answer"sorry"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jesnancy, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. jesnancy New Member

    CHINA CHINESE
    hello everyone

    I fall across this situation:Last monday my boss asked me to buy a birthday cake for him. I paid RMB930 for the cake .and then he went to Cananda on Wednesday. on the next day I met him on the line and he said to me"Nancy ,I am sorry that I forgot give you back the money for the birthday cake. I will give you when I come back next week."
    suddenly, I can not find an appropriately reply.I was wondering "That's all right".but no more better answers.

    thank you in advance
     
  2. Musical Chairs Senior Member

    Japan & US, Japanese & English
    I am a little confused about this situation, but any of these would work:

    "That's all right."
    "That's fine."
    "Don't worry about it."

    "Nancy, I am sorry that I forgot to give you back the money for the birthday cake. I will give it to you when I come back next week."
     
  3. keepsakes

    keepsakes Member

    English/Chinese Canada/China
    "Sorry."
    "It's okay. (or follow up with 'Don't worry about it.')"

    - is the most common response I can think of.
     
  4. Not being

    Not being Senior Member

    Vietnam
    Vietnam
    Hi jesnancy again

    I would answer (of course with a 'tender' smile that follows :D): you can wait till my birthday ^_^ jk

    A little notice to you that can-not cannot be seperated

    Good day!
     
  5. dveej Member

    US English
    "It's OK."
    "That's alright."

    If you say "Don't worry about it", make sure that you smile a little bit - sometimes this phrase can be used ironically with an angry face, and then it means that you are angry about the situation.
     
  6. jesnancy New Member

    CHINA CHINESE
    Hi Not being
    a lovely joke
    but the birthday cake is not for my boss :)
    my boss just asked me to buy one ~:)

    I know what do you mean and thank you
     
  7. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    "Oh that's alright"
     
  8. jesnancy New Member

    CHINA CHINESE
    thank you ,everyone for your reply.
    another topic ,we cannot see the other's expression on his face :)
    so sometimes we may make mistake in express ourselves mood.
    I prefer the talk face to face.
     
  9. jesnancy New Member

    CHINA CHINESE
    I just said "that's all right" to my boss then.
    the simplest and securest answer :)
     
  10. Esteven Member

    Denver, CO, USA
    USA, English
    "No problem" "It's ok" "Don't worry about it".... etc.
     

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