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    Default Please accept my apology / apologies.

    Please accept my apology.

    Please accept my apologies.

    Which is the correct sentence?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    Both are correct.

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    Thanks, Nehustan.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the two sentences?

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    No discernible difference, no. You don't have to make more than one apology in order to use "apologies".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    But if you do use the singular there can be the implication that you're referring to a particular sorry-saying event: 'I told him I was sorry and assured him that it won't happen again. He seemed to accept my apology at the time - but we'll see.'

    This sort of 'dummy plural' (not an official term, as far as I know ) tends to happen with social exchanges of various kinds. At the end of a party you 'say your goodbyes'. You might think that a plural makes sense there, because you say goodbye separately to a number of people. But children at b8rthday parties are often told to 'say their thank-yous' - referring to only one thank-you, to the host/hostess. When you 'make your excuses and leave', there's usually only one excuse: 'Well, early morning for me. I can't go on to the club.'

    So I think, in most cases that involve apologies, I'd use the plural unless I wanted to be specific about its one-ness.

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    Thanks, Emsr and Bob.

    What about "My apology" and "My apologies"?

    I wonder if the first implies a particular sorry-saying event. Or is the second used regardless of the number of apologies?

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    In most cases I would use 'Please accept my apology'

    Examples:
    1. Please accept my apology for arriving late today.
    2. Please accept my apology for arriving late, disrupting the class & forgetting to bring my homework.

    I may use 'Please accept my apologies' if I am referring to several apologies that I have made in the past.
    Example:
    I have apologized to each of the students that I had upset. Teacher, please accept my apologies.

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    Thanks, Islands. But you have not replied to the post above yours, which I have reproduced below.


    What about "My apology" and "My apologies"?

    I wonder if the first implies a particular sorry-saying event. Or is the second used regardless of the number of apologies?

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    I apologized to the teacher & to each of her students.
    My apology was not accepted by the teacher however, my apologies were accepted by her students.
    Last edited by Islands; 21-Mar-2013 at 04:23.

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    Default Re: “Please accept my apology / apologies”

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Islands. But you have not replied to the post above yours, which I have reproduced below.


    What about "My apology" and "My apologies"?

    I wonder if the first implies a particular sorry-saying event. Or is the sedocond used regardless of the number of apologies?
    b

    PS I used this 'pseudo-plural' here (just an example - nothing new).
    Last edited by BobK; 22-Mar-2013 at 15:42. Reason: PS Added

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