I wonder what else (that sounds more natural to a native ear) I can say about being sorry for repeating myself. Can anyone help?

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Your statement ("I'm sorry for repeating myself") sounds perfectly natural to my ear. Some other options:

  • I'm sorry if this is repetitive, but...
  • My apologies for being redundant, but...
  • I'm not sure if this has already been said, but...
  • I know we've talked about this at length, but...
  • I'm sorry to repeat myself, but...

Abby's answer has five good options. If you want to add some idiomatic expressions to your list, you could add:

  • Sorry to keep beating a dead horse, but...
  • Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but...

The expression beating a dead horse would be appropriate if you think the other person might be getting a little impatient with the fact that you've been saying something over and over again. One website says:

Beating a dead horse
To bring up an issue that has already been concluded; something that's considered to be pointless.

If an argument erupts and it's one that has been previously settled, then the idiom "beating a dead horse" might be said by someone who sees any further discussion on the topic to be meaningless.

On the other hand, one can apologize for sounding like a broken record without any impending exasperation required. From UE:

When someone sounds like a broken record, they keep on repeating the same things.

I might use the broken record expression to describe a small child who is saying the same thing over and over and over again. I might use the dead horse expression to describe someone at work who feels adamant about something – who, despite not being able to persuade anyone that his argument is valid, keeps bringing up the matter over and over again. The expressions are a bit more specialized in meaning, but they could still both be used while someone is apologizing for repeating themselves, depending on the situation.

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