To say sorry ?

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Sinem
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To say sorry ?

Post by Sinem » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:07 pm

Hi everyone!
I know 'mi dispiace' means ' I am sorry' but what about :

mi scusi per...
mi mortificata per...
mi spiace per...
dispiaciuto per...

and What are these differences ? Thank you in advance. Ciao!

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Peter
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Re: To say sorry ?

Post by Peter » Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:03 pm

Sinem wrote:Hi everyone!
I know 'mi dispiace' means ' I am sorry' but what about :

mi scusi per...
mi mortificata per...
mi spiace per...
dispiaciuto per...

and What are these differences ? Thank you in advance. Ciao!

Hi there

Mi dispiace is used to express sadness at hearing some new, like the death of a relative or friend of someone you know.

Non sai quanto mi dispiace sentire la notizia della morte della tua cara mamma

You don't know how sorry I am to hear the news of the death of your dear Mum.

Mi spiace is more an expression of regret

Ciao Marco, mi spiace ma non riesco a andare al cinema stasera

Hi Mark, I'm sorry but I am not able to go to the cinema this evening.

As far as mi; scusi is concerned, perhaps this discussion on WordReference may help: http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/ ... si.314949/. You will see that it is used more for saying excuse me. You can also use chiedo scusa, as described in that discussion.

I really do not think you'll find mi mortificata has anything to do with saying sorry. It is used just as we would I'm mortified/shocked/ dismayed.

Dispiaciuto is the past participle of dispiacere and you use it just as you use piacere or spiacere.

Mi è dispiaciuto molto sentire che la tua mamma è morta.

I was very sorry to hear that you dear Mum has died.

Hope this helps.

Sinem
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Re: To say sorry ?

Post by Sinem » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:22 am

Thanks Peter. Really hepful explanation and additional link is also enlightening.

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