I'm sorry for/about the mess.

GeneD

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I'm sorry for the mess.
I'm sorry about the mess.


Which of the two prepositions is more appropriate? And is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences?
 

Raymott

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They both work.
Maybe "I'm sorry for the mess" has a suggestion of "I'm sorry for making the mess". If you didn't make the mess, but invited someone into it, you might use "about". But that's a subtle distinction.
 

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