[I am / We are] sorry, but [I/We] don't know for sure.

mikichan

Senior Member
Chinese
Which would you more likely to hear a native speaker say at a counter at an ariport?


Situation:Your flight is delayed.


You: “How long is the flight going to be delayed?”


Staff: “[I am / We are] sorry, but [I/We] don't know for sure.


I think I can say “we” for both, but not sure if both or either one can be “I”.


Thank you.
 
  • Greyfriar

    Senior Member
    Hello,

    I would use 'I am sorry, but we don't know for sure.' ('We' being those who are trying to fix the problem and 'I' being the person at the enquiry desk.)

    Confusing, I know. This usage of 'we' is known as the 'royal we', named from Queen Victoria's famous saying - 'We are not amused' (referring to herself).
     
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