Take an easy case: I borrowed something from you and broke it.

1. Well Jeez aren't you picky. Sorreee.
2. Sorry if that made you feel the need to whine and complain.
3. Sorry if that upset you
4. Sorry that that upset you
5. Sorry if I screwed up
6. Sorry that I screwed up
7. Sorry that I borrowed your thing and broke it. From now on I won't ever rely on you for a favor ever again.
8. Sorry that I borrowed your thing and broke it. I owe you a new one.
9. Sorry that I borrowed your thing and broke it. I owe you a new one and I'll try to do better.
10. Sorry that I borrowed your thing and broke it. I owe you a new one and from now on I'm going to return things to you in working order immediately after using them so that I can maintain your trust in me.

Recent Posts in Ambigamy

What I Learned From 2,000 Hours Of Freudian Psychoanalysis

In 9 bullet points--My very productive exercise in futility

An Overlooked Reason To Commit

Compromise costs less once you’re in it

Bite Your Tongue, Silence Is Often Delicious

A sensitive guy learns lunkishness the slow way

Owning Our Psychological Dark Matter

Ulterior motives. If we're not responsible for them, who is?

I-candy: Evidence That You’re A-OK

Reinterpreting and extending Gottman's Love Lab findings to all your loves

Regret And Worry: A User’s Guide

How to not worry and regret too much…or not enough.