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    Sorry...Not at all.

    --Sorry, I made a mistake again.
    --____. Practice more and you'll succeed.
    A. Never mind. B. Not at all. C. Don't mention it.
    The given answer is A.

    I should think B is fine too. Am I right? My reasoning comes from the following CAE sentence:


    She's smarter than anyone I've known since Leo Dunn. But she thought I was hallucinating. Besides, I'm her friend, not a client. I was imposing. " You're right, " I said rising. " It's late. Sorry. " # " Not at all, " she said as best friends do. When we kissed on her front stairs, huge apartment towers across the way made me feel like we were miniatures on her sand table.

    Could I ask native English teacher to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Sorry...Not at all.

    --Sorry, I made a mistake again.
    --____. Practice more and you'll succeed.
    It is more appropriate to say 'never mind i.e. never mind the mistake you made)'.


    I should think B is fine too. Am I right?
    'Not at all' is not appropriate.


    " It's late. Sorry. " # " Not at all (it's not late at all)

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    Re: Sorry...Not at all.

    Sorry, I made a mistake again.
    _________. Practice more and you'll succeed.

    A. Never mind. <Means that's not important>
    B. Not at all. <Means it was no trouble at all, don't mention it, no problem>
    C. Don't mention it.
    Wayne Magnuson: English Idioms
    never mind - Wiktionary

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