In the interests of tightening up loose talk, we could say that saying "I'm sorry!" is not apologizing: saying "I'm sorry!" is saying "I'm sorry!".
Apologizing on the other hand, is a linguistic act. So apologizing is saying "I apologize!".
Speak both of them for yourself until the difference between "I'm sorry!" and "I apologize!" becomes clear.
With that now distinguished, I use the two interchangeably in this conversation.
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