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Andre Karlovsky
What does ざんねんでした mean in Japanese. I know it is in past tense.
Aug 28, 2018 5:46 AM
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it's a pity
August 28, 2018
It was already commented by Hilary Metcalf, and I agree with her in basicaly. (In many cases, that's too bad/that's a shame/that's unfortunate.) 'ざんねん(残念)'は、おもったとおりにならなくて、あきらめきれないことや、くやしいとおもうことをしめしています。 (My poor english, when things will not go as expected, can not give up to think about those things)  ざんねんでした = それはわたしにとってもざんねんなことでした おもったとおりにならない、ということから、あまりよくなかったときに、ひにくをこめてつかわれることもあります。
August 28, 2018
It means that's too bad/that's a shame/that's unfortunate, etc. My friend tells me she has been sick all week - my response, ざんねんでした。it is in the past tense because you are commenting on an unfortunate event that has already occurred.
August 28, 2018
Andre Karlovsky
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English, Japanese
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