you had an appointment with your friend last friday. unfortunately, you did not keep the appointment because your mother fell ill at that time. write a letter to your friend to:
1.apologize for not attending the appointment as planned,
2.explain why you could not meet him/her that day,
3.make suggestion for another appointment next time.
i am excessively sorry to say that i had failed to keep the appointment that we made last friday.
now, i am writing you this letter of apology to show my deep regret.
please accept my sincere apology. i hope you will understand me and excuse me for my failure to turn up.
（积累：i am excessively sorry to do …; fail to do …; make an appointment）
(积累： letter of apology)
（积累：excuse … for …; turn up）
the reason for my absence was that my mother fell ill at that time.
i had no way out because i had to send her to hospital and look after her.
therefore, it’s not in my power to meet you.
第一句是本段的中心句，综述写信人出现过失的原因。（积累：the reason for … was that…; fall ill）
（积累：in one’s power）
naturally, i want to suggest that we should make another appointment next time.
i shall be obliged if you will kindly write and tell me when and where you will be at convenience.
we may meet again and i hope to see you soon.
（积累：be obliged; at convenience）
Dear Miss Nancy,
Much to my regret I was unable to keep my promise to attend your birthday party last Saturday, owing to the fact that my little son was suddenly taken ill early that day.
Hoping to see you soon.
因遗失借书致歉Because of losing a borrowed book
I am terribly sorry to tell you that I have lost the valuable book you were so kind to lend me last week. I read it everyday and intended to finish it next month. Last night when I came to my room, it was nowhere to be found. I will try to recover it as soon as possible. If I fail to find it, I will get a new book for you.
But I am afraid it can never take the place of the old one. Old books are like old friends. Once lost, they can never be replaced. They are connected with cherished associations which the new ones can never have. And for this irrecoverable loss, I am to blame. I was so careless with my things. This is a warning to me to be more careful in the future.
1、因未能践约赴宴致歉unable to keep one's promise
dear miss nancy,
much to my regret i was unable to keep my promise to attend your birthday party last saturday, owing to the fact that my little son was suddenly taken ill early that day.
hoping to see you soon.
2、因迟复来信致歉because of answering one's letter late
i am afraid that you will think me unpardonably negligent in not having answered your letter dated 7, december sooner, but when i have told you the reason, i trust you will be convinced that the neglect was excusable. when your letter arrived, i was just in hong kong. as my family could not forward it to me during my absence, it has been, therefore, lying on my desk until the moment when i took it up. now the first thing i have to hasten to do is to write to you these few lines to express my deep regret.
i enjoyed many pleasant sights during my trip. i shall be pleased to give you an account to of them when i see you next.
3、因未能及时还书致歉unable to return borrowed book on time
excuse me for my long delaying in returning to you your “robinson crusoe” which i read through with great interest. i had finished reading the book and was about to return it when my cousin came to see me. never having seen the book, she was so interested in it that i had to retain it longer. however, i hope that in view of the additional delight thus afforded by your book, you will overlook my negligence in not returning it sooner.
thanking you again for the loan.
4、因遗失借书致歉because of losing a borrowed book
i am terribly sorry to tell you that i have lost the valuable book you were so kind to lend me last week. i read it everyday and intended to finish it next month. last night when i came to my room, it was nowhere to be found. i will try to recover it as soon as possible. if i fail to find it, i will get a new book for you.
but i am afraid it can never take the place of the old one. old books are like old friends. once lost, they can never be replaced. they are connected with cherished associations which the new ones can never have. and for this irrecoverable loss, i am to blame. i was so careless with my things. this is a warning to me to be more careful in the future.