apology, apologies, apologize, apologizes

a point of confusion i’ve seen multiple times in classes is the difference between apology the noun and apologize the verb; specifically students mix up apologies (the plural of apology) and apologizes (the third person singular of apologize).

my apologies is good to write in an email or a text. my apologizes is a mistake.

homer apologizing

samantha bee‘s political commentary/comedy show full frontal this month produced a parody of the reality competition show the amazing race called the apology race. the promo below explains at :11 that

for the next two weeks my correspondents will travel the globe to apologize for every garbage thing donald trump does. his poor impulse control might force us to go apologize to korea, the entire muslim world or some rando.

a correspondent reports on site for a news teamrando is an abbreviated form of random and means random person.

at :47 correspondent ashley nicole black says

wait, u want to me apologize to america? man, that’s some white bullshit. every damn week.

bullshit means nonsense, garbage. damn is for emphasis and shows frustration.

fun esl practice :) richyrocks english on youtube

in apology race, apology is actually an adjective, but in the following tweet by tennis legend serena williams, in addition to an example of the verb apologize, u can see apology used as a noun.


deserves an apology and stand up for herself are common expressions.  deserve means should get. stand up for means defend, protect.

serena williams and her daughter on the cover of vogue magazine

serena williams & her daughter

serena was tweeting about tennis player tennys sandgren. after getting the public’s attention by making it to the quarterfinals of the australian open, sandgren‘s twitter account generated controversy for a negative tweet about serena, links to various alt-right (ultra-conservative, white nationalist) sites and insensitive comments about the lgbtq community. tennys scrubbed (erased) all of his old tweets except one and posted another example of apology as a noun.

tennys uses in regards to to refer to an offensive tweet he made about a gay club in 2012.  harsh is cruel.

tennys sandgren playing at the australian open

tennys sandgren (scroll.in)

the song apologize by timbaland and one republic is another example of the action of apologizing. the chorus says

it’s too late to apologize

apologizes, the third person singular form, is often seen in news headlines, for example, this one about nba superstar kevin durant being ejected from a game earlier this week

Kevin Durant apologizes to official: ‘I was being an asshole

kevin durant arguing with referee

kevin durant complaining to a referee. later he apologized. (carlos avila gonzalez, the chronicle)

or this one from foxnews about youtube personality logan paul‘s controversial video from earlier this month

Logan Paul apologizes for ‘suicide forest’ video: What to know about the YouTube star

logan paul

logan paul (getty images for iheartmedia/emma mcintyre)

make sure that u recognize that apologizes is an action, NOT the plural of apology.

the plural of apology is in the title and is also part of the first line of one of nirvana‘s best known songs.

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