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    What would an English salesperson say to his supervisor if she/he is late?

    What would an English native speaker say in the following situation?

    You work in a bookstore. You are scheduled to start work at noon today. You will take over for your supervisor who is working the morning shift. You arrive at the bookstore a few minutes late. You see your supervisor waiting for you there.


    a) I am sorry to be late. I am sure this is the last time I’ll be late.

    b) Sorry I’m a little late- the traffic was awful!

    c) Sorry I am late.





    The test has been derived from Hudson, Detmer,and Brown, (1995).

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    Re: What would an English salesperson say to his supervisor if she/he is late?

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    What would an English native speaker say in the following situation?

    You work in a bookstore. You are scheduled to start work at noon today. You will take over for from your supervisor who is working the morning shift. You arrive at the bookstore a few minutes late. You see your supervisor waiting for you there.

    a) I am sorry to be I'm late. I am sure this is the last time Iíll be late. It won't happen again.
    b) Sorry Iím a little late - the traffic was awful!
    c) Sorry I am late.

    The test has been derived from Hudson, Detmer,and Brown, (1995).
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What would an English salesperson say to his supervisor if she/he is late?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.
    Which one do you prefer in that situation?

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    Re: What would an English salesperson say to his supervisor if she/he is late?

    Your title "English salesperson" sounds like you were looking for British English help. But in case you wonder, in AE we just say "Sorry I'm late. It won't happen again."

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    Re: What would an English salesperson say to his supervisor if she/he is late?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Your title "English salesperson" sounds like you were looking for British English help. But in case you wonder, in AE we just say "Sorry I'm late. It won't happen again."

    American English is ok too.

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    Re: What would an English salesperson say to his supervisor if she/he is late?

    Realistically, you would be fine saying: "Sorry I'm late. It won't happen again."

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    Re: What would an English salesperson say to his supervisor if she/he is late?

    Quote Originally Posted by ed_phelan View Post
    Realistically, you would be fine saying: "Sorry I'm late. It won't happen again."
    Even though, realistically, it probably will!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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