用英語道歉的方式 [下集]

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在正式場合應該怎樣用英語道歉?開會時,如果你打斷了上司說話,最好怎樣致歉?做報告時,如果錯誤頻出,可以怎樣表達自己感到非常抱歉?看視頻,學習在正式場合用英語道歉說 「對不起」。

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Let’s take a minute to look at different ways you can apologise in a formal situation.

Imagine you’re in an important meeting at work and you interrupted your boss.

To say sorry, you might say:

Sorry…
Excuse me…
Pardon me…
Apologies…
I sincerely apologise for… interrupting or for the interruption.

Because ‘for’ is a preposition, you can either use a gerund or a noun.

Now imagine you’re in the same important meeting at work and you give a presentation in front of your boss that is incomplete and full of mistakes.

To say sorry, you might say:

I’m afraid I didn’t finish the presentation.

Don’t be confused – ‘afraid’ does not mean ‘scared’ here – it’s like sorry, but more formal.

And notice that after ‘afraid’, we use a full clause or sentence.

用法總結

1. 工作場所時需要道歉,比如開會時需要打斷他人,可以用到下列句式:

  • Sorry …
  • Excuse me …
  • Pardon me…
  • Apologies…
  • I sincerely apologise for…

注意,介詞 「for」 後面可以加 「-ing」 動名詞或名詞,比如 「interrupting」 或 「the interruption」。

  • Sorry for interrupting you earlier.
  • Pardon me, but may I add one thing to this agenda?
  • I sincerely apologise for the confusion caused by the miscalculation.

2. 我們還可以用 「I’m afraid…」 的句式來為某情況或某事道歉,這裡的 「afraid」 不是 「害怕」 的意思,而是相當於更正式一點的 「sorry」。「I’m afraid」 後接完整從句或一個句子。

  • I’m afraid I didn’t finish the presentation.
  • I’m afraid I won’t be able to attend the meeting on time.
  • I’m afraid the new product is underperforming.