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sorry about that

This page is about the conversational phrase sorry about that


You can use this to apologize for making a small mistake or for inconveniencing someone.

For example

  • After picking up my phone, Mal said, "Sorry about that. I thought it was mine."

  • "Why didn't you reply to my email?"
    "Sorry about that. I was really busy all morning."

Quick Quiz

You'd expect someone to say "Sorry about that" if they've

a. arrived slightly late

b. caused a serious accident

c. burned down someone's house

Contributor: Matt Errey