If someone starts an ‘apology’ with,

I apologise if…

Is not an apology.

It’s just a person saying:

I recognise that there might be circumstances under which that thing I said or did might deserve an apology.

So it’s meaningless.


I apologise that…

Normally is an apology.

It’s important to recognise the difference.

(Listen to politicians.

They rarely say the latter).

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