UNIT 04 Crime and
punishment TOPIC 03 She's sorry now
LANGUAGE FOCUS 05 Expressing
regret and disappointment
In this activity we will learn ways to say we are sorry
for our actions in the past.
Janis Steadman's lawyer
My client, Janis
Steadman, is truly sorry for what she has done.
Steadman's family have asked me to express their regret
for her actions. They wish nobody had lost any money
Chris Reynolds is talking about
Janis Steadman and her family's feelings about her crime.
They are sorry. They regret her actions. They wish she had not committed
the crime, but it is too late now. She has already committed the
We can use the following expressions when we want to apologise or
express regret for something we have done or about something that
I am sorry
for hurting you. I am sorry (that) I hurt
you. I regret hurting
you. I regret that I hurt you. I regretnottelling you sooner. I should never have stolen
the money. I should have known better.
I wish I hadn't stolen
the money. I wish I had been honest. If only I hadn't stolen the
(Note: The last
three sentences are similar to third conditional structures, because
they are about an imaginary event - something that did not happen.
This is why they use the past perfect tense.)
When we apologise, using "regret" is more formal than
Read the sentences.
Listen to the sentences.
the sentences. Use the Pause button.
I'm sorry for
coming late to class. It
won't happen again. I wish I had studied harder
at school. I could have been a doctor. If only I had been more
careful. She wouldn't have had the accident. I should have taken more
notice of my parents when I was young. I regret not travelling
to Thailand when I was in Asia. I've heard it's beautiful. I'm sorry I couldn't come
to your party. Everyone said it was really good fun. I wish we hadn't gone to
see that movie. It was terrible! I should never have forgotten
her birthday! She was angry for a week.
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