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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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