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20 Other Ways to Say Sorry for the Confusion (YIKES!)

According to the dictionary, being confused is a “lack of understanding.” That’s why when Amy asked me, “Ryan, what are some other ways to say sorry for the confusion? I feel like I keep saying this to my boyfriend and it’s making me sound a little bit foolish.” Well, it certainly is! It’s just not really showing that you have great communication skills, in reality.

Let’s dig into what advice that I gave to my friend Amy…

My experience saying ‘sorry for the confusion’…

Here’s the thing—whenever I say sorry for the confusion, it’s usually a situation where I’m the one at fault. Well, of course, right? You’re saying that you made someone else confused. And there’s always a better way to handle it.

Whether it’s in a relationship or even a work email—it’s always best to ask someone if you made sense. For example, just saying, “I don’t know if what I just said makes sense at all. Could you help me? Does it?” That’s a really nice an approachable way to ensure that the other person isn’t going to get confused.

Other ways to say sorry for the confusion

Here are some other ways to say sorry for the confusion:

  1. Apologies that we got confused, here.
  2. I’m sorry that seemed confusing.
  3. Really sorry that confused the situation.
  4. Confusing the situation wasn’t my intention, I’m sorry.
  5. Can’t believe that I confused you, I’m really sorry.
  6. This was an unfortunate misunderstanding, I’m sorry.
  7. Apologies.
  8. Very sorry that I wasn’t more clear.
  9. Really sorry that I could have been more clear, here.
  10. It’s on me. I should have been more clear.
  11. I could have asked if I made sense and I didn’t. I’m sorry.
  12. Can’t believe that I didn’t communicate well, here. I’m sorry.
  13. I apologize for the confusion on my part.
  14. Certainly could have communicated more clearly, apologies.
  15. Sorry that I caused you some confusion.
  16. I’m sorry that I caused confusion in the situation.
  17. Truly sorry for the befuddlement. It’s on me!
  18. This was completely my mistake.
  19. It’s my mistake, I’m sorry.
  20. My mistake.

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Examples of saying sorry for the confusion in a relationship or informally

When you’re trying to say sorry for the confusion, you should be putting up some level of empathy and clear communication around why you caused the confusion.

A little bit of extra explanation can go a long way in these situations.

In informal situations, it’s okay to make the communication short. And to the point. But when you’re dealing with a boyfriend or girlfriend, it might be a great idea to give a little explanation for yourself so their feelings don’t get hurt.

For example:

I’m really sorry that I caused some confusion here. I could have told you about the directions a little bit sooner so that you could look up what time the event started.

Here’s another example:

It’s on me. The other night when I texted you I thought that the plans were set in stone. But I found out this morning that they were not. And when I didn’t text you, that caused a lot of confusion. That’s on me and I’m very sorry.

Examples of saying sorry for the confusion at work (formal)

In formal situations, you’ll need to explain why you accidentally caused the confusion. By simply being aware of your mistakes, it makes the situation better. A manager or a boss may end up trying to have a discussion with you about it, anyway.

Here’s an example of what to say:

Hey Jeremy,

I’m truly sorry for the confusion that I caused, here. The meeting is actually for tomorrow at 2pm CT. When I sent the invite, it looks like it went to the wrong day. And I apologize that you jumped into the meeting without anyone being there.

Is tomorrow still a good day for you? I just want to double-check.

Thanks Jeremy,


Here’s another example:


Apologies for the confusion—this is totally on me. I told the realtor that we’d be there around 3pm. But, for some reason, we never received a confirmation. And instead of letting you know that. I just assumed it would be okay and that they would show up.

This is totally on me. And I want to be very mindful of your time. Sorry again!



Why do people say “sorry for the confusion”

Most people say “sorry for the confusion” as a way of trying to express that they made a mistake. So, yes, it’s grammatically correct to say “sorry for the confusion,” but sometimes it’s better to explain a little bit more about what happened.

Since it’s certainly a phrase that’s used to apologize to someone—it’s best to give a little empathy to the situation and even go as far as to explain how the confusion could have made them feel.

By saying the phrase, it’s certainly polite (and not rude). And will show someone that you’re capable of knowing when you blew it (or made a little “whoops”) in a situation. But depending on who you’re talking to and what about—you may want to modify the way that you broach the subject.

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About the author

Ryan Sanderson (LCSW) Ryan is a game and relationship enthusiast who enjoys all things quizzes, games, fun, love, relationships, and family. He's a licensed social worker and helps families, couples, and children in need. He's spoken about love and relationships on Salon.com, Forbes, and Mirror, to name a few.

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