Hi! Would you like to explain the difference between "sorry" and "excuse me"? Thank you. - Slava
Hello, Slava, and thanks for asking.
In many situations, both "Excuse me" and "Sorry" are suitable.
在很多情况下，"Excuse me" 和 "Sorry"都适用。
To get someone's attention
For example, you can use either "Excuse me" or "Sorry" to politely get someone's attention. Let's listen:
例如，你可以使用"Excuse me" 或者 "Sorry"来礼貌地引起某人的注意。我们来听听：
Excuse me, do you know where the Metro is?
Sorry, do you happen to have the time?
But when speaking to strangers, "Excuse me" is much more common.
To interrupt someone
We also use "Excuse me" and "Sorry" to politely interrupt a person or people to ask or tell them something. Listen:
我们还可以用"Excuse me" 和 "Sorry" 来礼貌地打断某人，向他们提问或告诉他们什么事情。例如：
Excuse me, everyone, the meeting is starting in five minutes.
Sorry, Shelly, can I get your opinion on a gift idea?
To ask someone to move
"Excuse me" and "Sorry" are also used to politely ask someone to move so that we can walk past them or to apologize for bumping into someone. Let's listen:
"Excuse me" 和 "Sorry" 还被用于礼貌地请人让一下，以便我们可以通过，或是为撞到某人而道歉。例如：
Excuse me, may I please get past? Thanks!
Sorry about that. It's really crowded in here!
You heard the second speaker say, "Sorry about that." This is a common way of saying, "I'm sorry," when we make a small mistake.
你听到第二个说话者说“Sorry about that。”当我们犯下一个小错误时，我们通常这样说对不起。
To ask someone to repeat
And, we use "Excuse me" and "Sorry" when we need someone to repeat what they said. Have a listen:
还有，当我们需要某人重复他们所说的话时，我们会说"Excuse me" 和 "Sorry”。例如：
Sorry, I didn't hear that. Can you say it again?
Excuse me, can you speak a little louder? We can't hear you in the back of the room.
Other times, only one of the phrases is suitable.
We use "I'm sorry" to:
我们用 "I'm sorry" 来表示：
· To tell someone that we regret something we did that affected the person in a bad way.
I'm so sorry for damaging your camera.
· To share unpleasant news.
I'm sorry but all the rooms this weekend are taken.
· Or to refuse an offer or request.
Sorry but I won't make it to dinner. I have to work late !
And we use "Excuse me" to:
· Politely tell someone that we are leaving a place.
Excuse me for a minute. I need to make a quick phone call.
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