Désoler vs. S'excuser

EmmaB2

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.
Asked 7 months agoHow to say sorry
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

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

You could say -

"Pardon, pourriez-vous répéter svp?"

CécileKwiziq language super star

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!

EmmaB2

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!

CécileKwiziq language super star

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!

EmmaB2

Hi Cécile,

Thanks for giving me some lights for my question

EmmaB2

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!

Emma asked:View original

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.

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