Désoler vs. S'excuser

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Emma

Kwiziq community member

24 January 2019

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Désoler vs. S'excuser

Bonjour! Could you please explain further about Désoler vs. S'excuser ? I am not sure which one to use and when. Merci.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

25 January 2019

25/01/19

Hi Emma,

‘S’excuser’ is a verb , so you will say - 

“Excusez-moi!”

‘Être désolé’ is a verb, so you will say - “Je suis désolé/e”, which has been shortened to plain,

’Désolé!’

 Hope this helps!

Emma

Kwiziq community member

27 January 2019

27/01/19

Hi Cécile,

Thanks for your feedback. I know about the grammatical explanation that you gave. What I'd like to know further is the usage. I meant, are both interchangeble in every situation?

Merci d'avance!

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

28 January 2019

28/01/19

Hi Emma,

You would use, 'Excusez-moi' in formal situations, like bumping into someone in the street and 'désolé' in familiar settings, although 'désolé' has become as meaningless as 'sorry' is these days, in my opinion!

Emma

Kwiziq community member

28 January 2019

28/01/19

Hi Cécile,

Thanks for giving me some lights for my question

Emma

Kwiziq community member

28 January 2019

28/01/19

Hi Cécile,

Thanks for giving me some lights for my question :)

One more thing, can I use "Excusez-moi" instead of "Pardon" if for example I need to ask the interlocutor to repeat what he/she has said?

Thanks again!

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

28 January 2019

28/01/19

I did think of 'Pardon!' which is often used instead of 'Excusez-moi'  .

You could say -

"Pardon, pourriez-vous répéter svp?"

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