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    #1

    sorry

    I've heard someone saying that the expression 'I'm sorry but..' is only for something I did (or didn't do)/have done (or haven't done) but not for something I usually do (or usually don't).

    Is it really true? You native speakers won't use 'I'm sorry, but...' when it's about your bad habit?

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    #2

    Re: sorry

    So let's suppose friends of mine would like me to return their calls promptly, but I'm lazy about calling. Is it natural to say 'Im sorry my friends, but I'm basically lazy about calling'?
    Last edited by Taka; 18-Nov-2011 at 13:38.

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    #3

    Re: sorry

    Yes, it's fine. You're not really "sorry" cause you're not planning to change your behavior, but you are being polite.

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    #4

    Re: sorry

    In this case, it's a polite filler.
    We Brits apologise all the time, even when it's clearly not our fault. If you want to test this, deliberately bump into people and see how many apologise to you !

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    #5

    Re: sorry

    OK.

    Thank you everyone!

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