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Is it “My Apologies” or “My apology”?

If you’ve done something wrong, it may be time for an apology. You may choose to say you’re sorry in writing or in person. But what is the correct way to apologize to someone in writing? Do you say my apology or my apologies? 

Actually, both are technically correct. However, they are used in different contexts.

  • My apology refers to a previous apology that you made.
  • My apologies is how you say you’re sorry for something.

My Apologies vs. My Apology

So, when you have done something wrong and want to express sorrow about it, say my apologies. 

For example:

I made my apologies for the accident.

Please accept my apologies for spilling on your rug.

My apologies can also be a direct substitute for saying I’m sorry.

My apologies, I didn’t see you there.

So when should you say “my apology”? This phrase is correct when you are making a personal statement regarding a specific incident. You can also use the plural form, apologies, when needed. Here are some examples:

The news aired my apology for starting the fire.

The blog quoted the group’s apologies.

If you’re writing about a note of apology or an action taken without apology, then apology is a noncount noun.

The school sent a letter of apology for the incident in the lunchroom.

The man bumped into me without apology.

Examples Sentences 

Hopefully, these example sentences will increase your understanding of when to use which word:

“Did you realize how much that hurt me?” he asked. “I had no idea. My apologies,” she replied.

I gave a great explanation, but they only mentioned my apology. 

It was hard to make my apology, but I did it.

She wrote a letter of apology after she was fired.

Related:  Should you ignore or acknowledge a brief apology? Read this article to hear out take. 

In conclusion,

  • My apology references a previous apology.
  • My apologies is saying you’re sorry for something.
  • Apology is a noncount noun, so it is “letter of apology,” not “letter of apologies.”

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Posted by Patrice Riley
By Patrice Riley

Patrice Riley is the pen name of Dr. Deborah Riley. She is a retired English professor that enjoys grammar, literature and all things writing.

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