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  1. Member
    English Teacher
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    #1

    you are/were truly sorry

    Commit to changing your behavior. Don't keep doing what you apologized for. If you do, the other person may doubt that you were truly sorry.


    Hi,
    Is it all right to replace "were" in the above with "are?" If yes, does it make a change in meaning? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: you are/were truly sorry

    Yes, you can change it to 'are'. I'd also put 'apologize' in the present.
    This seems to be something ongoing, or you wouldn't need to say it.

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