I beg your pardon/I ax your pardon

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cute angel

Senior Member
the universe
Hi everybody,

I have a question about the following sentence.

I beg your pardon it's commonly used but for I ax your pardon I'm not

Sure does it have the same meaning or not ??

Thanks in advance
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I beg your pardon - is what very polite people say when they haven't heard you properly, or when they think you shouldn't have said what you have just said, and they want you to repeat it to embarrass you.

    I ask your pardon - sounds like a very formal and out-of-date (positively medieval in feel) way of asking for forgiveness.
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