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Americans Seem to Use "I'm Sorry" so many Different Ways


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Culture Tips: “I’m sorry”

Larry: Culture Tips

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Eliz: Welcome once again to “Culture Tips” with Gary Engleton.

Today, our e-mail question is “What does the expression “I’m sorry” really mean?”

“Americans seem to use it so many different ways.”

Gary: It’s true that “I’m sorry” has different meanings.

Sometimes it’s really an apology

For example, if I step on your foot, I’ll say, “Oh, I’m sorry.”


In that case, you’ve made a mistake and are apologizing.

Eliz: What else can it mean?

Gary: Well, it’s used very often for a polite disagreement.

Someone says, for example, “I think that we should hire more engineers.”

You can say, “I’m sorry, but I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“I’m sorry, but.....” is very common in business.

Eliz: What about, “I’m sorry that you’re sick.”

Gary: That’s a good example of using “I’m sorry” for expressing sympathy.

Eliz: So it’s hard to know if “I’m sorry” is an apology, or some other language function.

Gary: Yes, you’re right, and I’m sorry that there are so many meanings.

Eliz: And I’m sorry that we’ve run out of time.

Thanks for your valuable information.

Gary: It was my pleasure.

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Eliz: Americans use “I’m sorry” to mean many things.

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Eliz: True. It is not always used to apologize.

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Eliz: “I’m sorry” can be used to express sympathy.

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Eliz: True. For example, “I’m sorry that you lost your job” or “I’m sorry that you’ve been sick.”

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Eliz: So it’s hard to know if “I’m sorry” is an apology, or some other language function.

Gary: Yes, you’re right, and I’m sorry that there are so many meanings.

Eliz: And I’m sorry that we’ve run out of time.

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