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I’m sorry - definition and synonyms

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  1. 1
    used for telling someone that you are ashamed or unhappy about something that you have done that has hurt or upset them

    I’m sorry – I shouldn’t have blamed you.

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to step on your foot.

  2. 3
    used for politely interrupting someone, especially to ask them a question

    Sorry, do you know what time it is?

    I’m sorry for:

    I’m sorry for the intrusion, but you have a phone call.

  3. 4
    used for politely asking someone to repeat something that they have said

    I’m sorry, what was your name again?

  4. 5
    used for interrupting yourself to correct a mistake that you have made while speaking

    You need to catch the number 3, sorry, the number 23 bus to Market Street.

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