Thanks, Islands. But you have not replied to the post above yours, which I have reproduced below.
What about "My apology" and "My apologies"?
I wonder if the first implies a particular sorry-saying event. Or is the sedocond used regardless of the number of apologies?
I apologized (AmE spelling) to the teacher and to each of her students.
My apology was not accepted by the teacher. However, my apologies were accepted by her students.
I don't often correct posts by native speakers but I'm afraid I had to correct this one. The usage of "... teacher, however..." was not grammatical. I would also like to point out that I would not have used that combination of "apology" and "apologies" when referring to the same event. I would have said "I apologised to the teacher and to each of her students. My apology was not accepted by the teacher but it was accepted by the students".
I was also interested to see that a UK-born British English speaker currently based in Australia used the American spelling (apologized) instead of the BrE "apologised".
Islands - please don't use ampersands on the site. It's important that the learners use full words unless, as in some company names, an ampersand is required.
Why might an English/Australian (me) spell apologize with a ‘z’ and not an ‘s’?
I must admit that seeing the word ‘apologize’ (with a ‘z’) used to jar with me. However, it has become familiar over the years and I have come to accept it and sometimes use it too.
Yes. I use it, and mildly (but only mildly ;-)) resent being told I'm flirting with Americanism when I do."Apologize" can be found in several British English dictionaries. I believe both spellings are now correct in British English.
The novel further describes a ... quarrel over the practice of breaking eggs. Traditionally, Lilliputians broke boiled eggs on the larger end; a few generations ago, an Emperor of Lilliput, the Present Emperor's great-grandfather, had decreed that all eggs be broken on the smaller end after he cut himself breaking the egg on the larger end. The differences between Big-Endians (those who broke their eggs at the larger end) and Little-Endians had given rise to "six rebellions... wherein one Emperor lost his life, and another his crown". The Lilliputian religion says an egg should be broken on the convenient end, which is now interpreted by the Lilliputians as the smaller end. The Big-Endians gained favor in Blefuscu.