When people admit mistakes they tend to use the phrase "my bad". I found that it is an informal way in North America. Could anyone help me with a better alternative?

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    Perhaps "my fault".
    – Peter
    Sep 2 '20 at 15:28
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    I find this question odd because you say: make a mistake. Surely, that would bring you to "My mistake".
    – Lambie
    Sep 2 '20 at 16:00
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    Why the close vote? Vlad is not asking for an explanation, but for a better alternative.
    – Davo
    Sep 2 '20 at 17:13

“my bad” is slang and very informal.

“I made a mistake” or “that was my mistake” is formal, and just “my mistake” is informal.

The point of all these variants is to take ownership of the mistake: it was mine, not yours.

If you want to avoid saying who made the mistake or it’s not relevant, use passive voice: “a mistake was made”.

  • Note that "a mistake was made" (or more commonly the plural: "mistakes were made") will be seen as evasive. It's practically a cliché at this point for a politician to trot that line out whenever the public learns of something embarrassing or damaging.
    – Kevin
    Sep 3 '20 at 21:58

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