- Do you think it’s all right to do it?
- What do you think about (me doing that)?
- Do you think / reckon I ought to (do it)?
- What would you say if I (did it)?
- Would you approve of (doing something)?
- What is your attitude to the idea of…
- Are you in favour of (me doing something)?
- You are in favour of … aren’t you?
- Do you think anyone would mind if I…
- Do you think it would be really awful if I…
- Hang on a moment / a mo.
- Give us a second.
- Half a moment / a mo.
- I’ll be right with you.
- Sorry, I’m a bit tied up right now.
- Wait and see.
- You’ll just have to be patient.
- Give me a chance.
- Don’t be so impatient.
- We wish to apologise for the delay to…
- I’m (so / very / terribly) sorry.
- Ever so sorry.
- How stupid / careless / thoughtless of me.
- Pardon (me)
- That’s my fault.
- Sorry. It was all my fault.
- Please excuse my (ignorance)
- Please don’t be mad at me.
- Please accept our (sincerest) apologies.
Most native speakers of any language converse every day without even thinking about its grammar, syntax, styles and without thinking about how they feel about using that language. For some people, language is just a means of communication, while for others is much more.
While studying English as a second language I have learned to appreciate my own language and it turned to be “much more”. Before studying linguistics at university I used to be part of the “majority”, I had no idea about my language historical background and its development.
Most countries put a lot of effort on learning English but almost no effort on learning their native language. We do not know our language well but we feel very ashamed of making mistakes in English. I am sure many people with English as their mother tongue feel comfortable when making mistakes. But, how many of them know the difference between your and you’re and how many know to use the apostrophe?
It’s all very well for us to talk about how great English is, but what about being proud of our native language?