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Lesson 222: Apologizing with ごめん なさい


You've already learned the phrases すみません and しつれいします for apologizing. A third way to apologize yourself is to use the phrase ごめん なさい.

I'm truly sorry.ほんとう に ごめん なさい。
hontou ni gomen nasai.

ごめん なさい can be used after a verb in the て-form to excuse yourself for an action.

Please excuse my being late.おくれて ごめん なさい。
okurete gomen nasai.
Sentence from Tatoeba
Please forgive me for forgetting to call you.でんするの を わすれて ごめん なさい。
denwasuruno wo wasurete gomen nasai.
Sentence from Tatoeba

Note how in the last sentence is placed after the first verb to turn it into a noun.

When asking permission to enter someone's house you can say ごめん ください. When you are allowed inside, it is polite to say じゃします.

May I come in; Please forgive me.ごめん ください。
gomen kudasai.
Please come in.どうぞ はいって ください。
douzo haitte kudasai.
Excuse me for interrupting you; Used as a greeting when entering someone's homeじゃします。
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