How to write a letter of apology

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How to write a letter of apology
General

A letter of apology can be either formal or informal. It can be written when someone has made a mistake...

- A letter of apology can be either formal or informal. It can be written when someone has made a mistake, has failed to perform a duty or is not able to fulfil a promise.
- The main body contains reasons for the inconvenience caused.
- In the final paragraph you can express your hope to improve the situation or promise to make up for any problems that have been caused.
Introduction
Paragraph 1 - reason for writing
Main Body
Paragraphs 2-3 - reasons to explain the inconvenience caused
Conclusion
Final Paragraph - express understanding/regret or promise to make up for the situation
Closing remarks
Full name
Useful Language for Letters of Apology
Opening Remarks:
Formal

- I am writing to apologise for...
- I must apologise for...
- Please accept my sincerest apologies for...
- How can I apologise enough for...
- I must apologise profusely...
Informal
- I hope you will understand when I say that...
- What can I say, except I'm sorry that...
- I'm sorry for...
- I owe you an apology...
- I'm so sorry if I upset you in any way...
- I can't describe how sorry I am and how guilty I feel...
Closing Remarks:
Formal
- Once again, sincerest apologies for...
- I hope you will accept my apologies...
- I hope my apologies will be/are accepted...
Informal
- I hope you believe me when I say how sorry I am...
- I can't tell you how sorry I am...
- I beg you to forgive me for...
- There is no excuse for ... and I hope you'll forgive me...

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