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Thanking and Apologizing | Junior High School Students Grade VII

A. Thanking

In everyday life, we socialize with other people. They helped and did a lot for us. For example, a friend buys a snack during recess or helps us finish math work. What do you feel? We must be able to show gratitude, show friendliness, and appreciate their kindness. If someone says thank you, we must be able to respond to them appropriately. There are many ways to show gratitude and respond to it.

Thanking and Apologizing  Junior High School Students Grade VII
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Study the table below.

Showing Gratitude Responses
Thank you very much for ... You're welcome
Thank you for ... Never mind.
I am so grateful for ... Don't mention it.
I really appreciate your kindness. Not at all.
That was really kind of you. Than you. It was my pleasure.
That was nice of you. Thank you. I am glad that I can help you.
Many thanks to you for ... Forget it.
Thanks! My pleasure
Thanks a lot! That's all right.
Thanks a bunch! Take it easy.
I should like to express my gratitude for ... It's my pleasure
I should like to express my appreciation for ... Not at all.
I'm really grateful to you for ... That's alright


a. We use thank you in more formal situations, while thanks are used in informal situations or those
    closest to us, such as brothers, sisters, or friends.

b. Sometimes we explain the reason for saying thank you, such as examples number 1, 2, 3, and 7.
    To explain the reason, we use the gerund form (V+ing).

  • Thank you for treating me this afternoon. 
  • Thank you for helping me solves this problem.
  • Thanks for lending me your phone. 
  • Thanks for buying me this cute shoe. 
c. Another way to explain reasons is by using nouns. 

  • Thank you for the dinner.
  • Thank you for your time.
  • Thanks for the candies.
  • Thanks for the book. I love it.
Example in dialogue:

Shop assistant: What I can do for you, sir? 
Buyer: I am looking for a pen with thick black ink. 
Shop assistant: Oh, we have some kind of pens you mean. Wait a minute; I'll take them for you. 
Buyer: Okay, thanks a lot. 
Shop assistant: It’s my pleasure, sir.

B. Apologizing

In everyday life when socializing with other people, we give them something and other people also give something to us. However, sometimes we also make mistakes or hurt them. Vice versa. Therefore, we must apologize (apologizing), not repeat the same mistakes, and also forgive them. That way, we can live peacefully without anger or hurt feelings.

Study the table of apology expressions and responses below.

Apologizing Response
I am sorry about ... That's alright.
Never mind.
Don't worry. It's ok.
It doesn't matter.
Forget it.
Don't apologize.
Forget about it. That's ok.
I am so sorry for ...
Sorry for ...
I am really sorry for ...
I would like to apologize to you for ...
Please forgive me for ...
Pardon me for ...
I must apologize.
I do apologize for ...
Excuse me for ...


a. Contoh nomor 1, 2, 3, dan 4 biasanya diucapkan dalam situasi tidak terlalu resmi (less formal) 
    dibandingkan dengan contoh nomor 5, 6, dan 7. Kita menggunakan ungkapan nomor 5, 6, dan 7 
    dalam situasi formal (resmi) atau kepada orang yang lebih tua, misalnya orangtua, guru, atau
    orang yang baru kita kenal. 

b. Contoh nomor 1 (I am sorry about) diikuti dengan nouns (kata benda) untuk menerangkan
    alasan atas kesalahan yang dilakukan. 

  • I am sorry about the mess.
  • I will clean it soon.
  • I am so sorry about the song. Really, I don’t mean to upset you.
  • I am really sorry about your shirt. Please let me take it to the dry-cleaning. 
c. Ungkapan permintaan maaf yang diikuti oleh for harus disertai dengan gerund form (V+ing)
    untuk menunjukkan alasan Anda meminta maaf. 

  • I am sorry for saying that.
  • I would like to apologize to you for being late, Sir.
  • Please forgive me for not coming to your party.
Example in dialogue: 

Student: Good morning, Sir. I would like to borrow some of these books.
Librarian: Your library card, please? 
Student: Oh my God, I’m so sorry, I forgot to bring it.
Librarian: So, you can’t borrow these books.

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