Thanking and Apologizing Expressions and Their Responses in English

Phrases for Saying Thank You in Any Situation

Expressions of thanking:

  • Thank you
  • Thanks
  • Thank you for helping me bring these books
  • Thank you very much
  • Thanks a lot
  • Many thanks

Responses:

  • You’re welcome
  • Don’t mention it
  • That’s alright
  • It’s my pleasure
  • Not at all
  • I’m glad you like it
  • Sure thing
  • Thanks anyway

Other ways to say “Thank you” in very formal situation:

  • I appreciate your kindness
  • I’m  grateful to you for…
  • How very kind of you
  • I would like to express my deep gratitude to you

Examples:

  • Anna: Hi Emily, I have a hamburger for you.
  • Emily: Hi, Anna. Owh, thank you so much. I really like humburger.
  • Anna: No problem

Phrases for Apologizing and Responding to Apologies

Apologizing:

  • I’m sorry/ I’m sorry for…/ I’m sorry that…
  • I would like to apologize to you.
  • I’m sorry for coming late, sir.
  • Please forgive me for my mistake.
  • I’m really sorry for disturbing you.
  • Pardon me for not coming on your party.
  • Oops, Sorry
  • Sorry about that
  • I apologize for…
  • It was my faul
  • I should have…/ I shouldn’t have…
  • We deeply regret/ Please accept your apologies.

Responding to Apologies

  • Never mind.
  • That’s alright.
  • It’s alright.
  • It’s OK.
  • It doesn’t matter.
  • Don’t worry, It’s Okay.
  • Apology accepted.
  • You don’t need to apologize.
  • I quite understand. I’m sure you couldn’t help it.
  • No harm done.

Examples:

  • Jame: Good morning, Sir
  • Mr. Smith: Morning, Jame
  • Jame: I would like to apologize for being late to class
  • Mr. Smith: Why do you come late?
  • Jame: My motorbike had a flat tyre on the way to school.
  • Mr. Smith: It’s ok this time. Please be on time in the future
  • Jame: I will. Thank you, Sir

 

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