"Downing Street apologises to Queen over lockdown parties."

The sentence is from the BBC.

As far as I know, the structure should be "to apologise to someone about something" or "to apologise to someone for doing something."

However, BBC uses it this way and a dictionary (Longman) gives a sample sentence this way:"We apologize to passengers for the delay."

It seems that all these 3 prepositions (over, to, for) are interchangeable. However, the BBC usage "apologise to someone over something" does not seem all that common.

I am confused and want to ask: Can all of these prepositions (for, about, over), and particularly the "over" be used with "to apologise" when referring to the issue for which apology is made.?

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    Apologise over is not very common, but one of the meanings of over is 'on the subject of'. Jan 14, 2022 at 16:57

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Using over is actually quite common when apologising.

For example:

“I want to apologise over the way I have behaved”.

“I would like to offer an apology over the way I have acted”

For and Over are commonly used in sentences when apologising, however about not so much.

  • How about this? Jan 15, 2022 at 9:42
  • Yes you are correct @yunus could you please unaccept my answer as it is incorrect
    – Dan Khan
    Jan 15, 2022 at 12:16

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