In English I would say something along the line of 'Sorry! I forgot to invite you to the party'. This would be in conversation to a friend. How would this translate to Japanese?

Edit (First post to this site sorry!): My first ideas would be along the line of すみません、私は招待しにわすれました。Through looking in my 'Genki' textbook, this verb conjugation is mainly used for movement, not for the purpose I am using it for. Please could someone explain to me - if it is incorrect - why it is so?

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As with many translations in Japanese there are numerous ways to do this:

Written way with "you" specified ( but we don't speak this way ):


Leaving off "You":


Here, we have used 残念 ( zan nen - too bad or unfortunate )

In the follow we use ごめん なさい ( gomen nasai which is more like "sorry" ):


Please forgive me because I forgot to invite (you) to the party


Very informal among friends ( forgot to invite thing is no good ):


  • なんで, 説明なしにこれに反対票を投じた人はばかだ
    – G-Man
    Mar 29, 2019 at 22:57
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    The majority of these sentences are either unnatural or just entirely incorrect... Mar 29, 2019 at 23:19
  • Thank you for your comments. Please elaborate if you are able...
    – G-Man
    Mar 29, 2019 at 23:28
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    1. 「パーティーに招待してないのが残念です」 sounds either odd (as if the subject is some third party, not you), or passive aggressive at best. 2. The grammar 「〜のがごめんなさい」 is never used. 3. 「忘れたので許してください」 is weird because it’s providing the fact that you forgot as the reason they should forgive you, not as what they should forgiving you for. 4. 「〇〇のは良くない」 is simply not a way to apologize or repent for 〇〇. HTH. Mar 30, 2019 at 0:15

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