My apologies or my apology — how to use these phrases correctly

Both phrases for apologizing are correct, but they are used on different occasions.

Milena Lazova
Milena Lazova

Mistakes are part of what makes you human. You make a mistake, and then you apologize. That’s how you repair damage in every relationship. But, not knowing how to express your regrets correctly can make things worse. This includes saying “my apology” instead of “my apologies” and vice versa.

That’s why it’s essential to know the appropriate ways to use these two different phrases.

My apology vs. My apologies – when to say each phrase

Both phrases for apologizing are correct, but they are used on different occasions.

When to say my apology

You use “my apology” when you talk about a specific apology you’ve made in the past, or you intend to make. In these cases, you use apology as a noun.

Examples:

Liam didn’t accept my apology.
I wonder if Sara would accept my apology.

If you want to refer to multiple apologies you’ve made in the past, then you can use the plural form “my apologies.”

Example:

I have apologized to each and every person in my class. I hope everyone can accept my apologies.

My apologies meaning

“My apologies” is an idiom that means “I’m sorry,” and it’s different from the plural form of the phrase “my apology.” You use it to say you’re sorry for not being able to do something or for doing something wrong.

It’s the common phrase you use when creating an apology letter or email.

Examples:

My apologies for not coming to your party.
Give my apologies to Sam. I had no idea I was blocking his driveway.
Please accept my apologies for the negative experience you had with our call center agent.

Apologise vs. Apologize

“Apologise” and “apologize” are two spelling variants of the same word with the same meaning. British English use apologise while American English use apologize.

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I'm an ESL teacher with over 7 years of experience in providing original content. I really like writing educational articles which may help others learn some aspects of English.