What does the above sentence mean ?

Context: Me - I got up late today. Friend - It is a forgivable lapse in your circumstances.

Is the above sentence correct? I feel it is not but I'm not able to pinpoint the exact error.

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    Friend - Given your circumstances, I'd say that is a forgivable lapse. A comma would help parsing. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 28 '18 at 18:47
  • can you write that as an answer so I can mark it as correct – Sonu VR Apr 29 '18 at 6:43
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    Sorry, Sonu – I think it more appropriate for ELL, and I never give an 'answer' to questions I consider off-topic (even though I often still provide what I consider to be help). – Edwin Ashworth Apr 29 '18 at 8:20

Forgivable momentary lapses of common sense

Your sentence it written in different ways, such as here:

He could have forgiven the lapses in view of the circumstances. google books

  • "It is a forgivable lapse, given your circumstances." or "It is a forgivable lapse, in your circumstance."

may be better grammar. But the sentence as written is OK.

Context: your friend is cutting you some slack ... sleeping in. He knows you are experiencing some tough times.

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It is a forgivable lapse in your circumstances.

In grammatical terms this is ambiguous. It could mean that your circumstances have lapsed. That doesn't make much sense.

What it is clearly supposed to mean is, "In your circumstances, it is a forgivable lapse"

"it" of course refers to getting up late, i.e.

"In your circumstances, getting up late is a forgivable lapse"

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