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This study investigates the use of social distance on apology strategies in different situations. The data was collected from 30 participants(male: 16, female: 14) who were studying general English conversation course for freshmen at the Department of Biotechnology in a university in Seoul. From the beginning of the course, the researcher lead the class by presenting apology tasks and the participants conducted the activities in various situations. At the end of the course, the participants were provided with the discourse completion test (DCT) of apology. The DCT based on the principle of Olshtain and Cohen (1990) was revised from the speech act of apology in the textbook. The data was analyzed according to the speech act of apology, especially in four types of semantic formulas and four patterns of stylistic competence. The results show that in the use of semantic formulas, “expression of regret (REGR)” and “expression of an excuse (EXCU)” are more dominant than “offer of apology (APOL)” and “request for forgiveness (FORG)”. In stylistic competence for excuse, “admit a mistake (MIST)” and “make a promise (PROM)” are used more than “give an excuse (EXCU)” and “make an offer (OFFE)” or “no excuse.” The data indicates that the participants used different semantic formulas and stylistic competence on apology depending on the social distance.