Ruby Chen
" I beg your pardon." I'm not sure how to use this sentence. does this mean "may you say that again,please?" or "I'm so sorry about that, I hope you could forgive me.." and I wonder if this sentence could be used in normal conversation or it's too stronger.
Jul 24, 2014 1:16 AM
Answers · 2
You can use it in both of those situations, to mean either: I'm sorry I did that. or Could you say that again? NB not 'May you say that again? 'May' is used to ask permission with 'I' or 'we' (eg May I ask a question?) I don't think it is especially formal. It's an expression, so you are not literally 'begging' the other person, and it's not particularly strong. I use this expression in everyday conversation.
July 24, 2014
'I beg your pardon' is a formal and a polite way of saying 'excuse me'.. could be used in many different cases.. check the following link for more:
July 24, 2014
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