8 Ways to Ex­cuse Your­self

Howler Magazine - - Spanish Simply -

— “With per­mis­sion.” This is a po­lite way of say­ing you'd like to slip past some­one who is block­ing your way, or of en­ter­ing some­one's pri­vate space for some good rea­son.

— “Ex­cuse me.” This can be used to pref­ace a ques­tion to a stranger, or to ex­cuse your­self for some mi­nor in­frac­tion like ac­ci­den­tally touch­ing some­one. You might also use this word to po­litely ask some­one to get out of your way, like if you're try­ing to open your car door and some­one is stand­ing next to it look­ing the other way.

— Lit­er­ally “I feel it,” this means, “I'm sorry,” and is used only in sit­u­a­tions where you truly have some­thing to be sorry for, like step­ping on some­one's foot, or worse.

— “I'm re­ally sorry, but I ran over your cat.”

— “Par­don.” Stronger than but not as strong as this ex­pres­sion seeks for­give­ness for some mi­nor wrong do­ing like ac­ci­den­tally bump­ing into some­one. Also used to mean “Ex­cuse me,” as when some­one belches in pub­lic.

— “For­give me.” More per­sonal than this ex­pres­sion seeks per­sonal for­give­ness for some wrong­do­ing com­mit­ted against some­one else.

— “For­give me, but I never meant to get with your girl­friend.”

— “Per­mis­sion.” If you in­vite some­one into your house, they will of­ten say as they en­ter, humbly ask­ing for per­mis­sion to en­ter that you al­ready granted them. The cor­rect an­swer is or come in, even though you al­ready in­vited them to come in. And if you in­vite three peo­ple in at once, every one of them might say

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