01. I really owe you an [apology] for throwing up on your couch last Friday. I was totally drunk, and didn't know what I was doing.
02. Frank was very [apologetic] on the phone when I asked him why he had missed the meeting.
03. Gillian smiled [apologetically] when asked why she hadn't finished her chores.
04. I want to [apologize] for getting angry with you. It wasn't your fault I didn't get the job, so I shouldn't have yelled at you.
05. In the 1990s, the federal government offered a formal [apology] to Canadians of Japanese origin for the unfair treatment they received during the war.
06. The coach of the national team [apologized] to his country for their poor performance in the World Cup.
07. Benjamin Disraeli once said that one must never [apologize] for showing feeling because when you do so, you [apologize] for truth.
08. Someone once joked that Canadians are so polite that they thank bank machines, and [apologize] if you step on their foot.
09. The boss came late to the meeting, and he didn't even [apologize] for making everyone wait for half an hour.
10. Japanese people express gratitude, [apologies], and requests by bowing.
11. I'd like to [apologize] to you for waking you up last night. I shouldn't have phoned so late.
12. In 1994, President Roman Herzog of Germany [apologized] for the suffering his nation caused Poland in the Second World War.
13. In August of 1993, Japan formally [apologized] for the first time to women forced to serve its soldiers as sex slaves during World War Two.
14. In 1966, John Lennon publicly [apologized] for boasting that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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