Sorry, excuse me, pardon!

gabrigabri

Senior Member
Italian, Italy (Torino)
Hi!
Could please someone tell me what is the difference between (among???) those words?
Can I always use them, or is there a "right moment"?
Thank you!!

Ciao!
Qualcuno mi spiegherebbe la differenza tra queste parole e quando usare una e quando l'altra??
Grazie!
 
  • cas29

    Senior Member
    Canada/English
    Pardon is quite formal.
    Excuse me fits with formal or more relaxed situations
    Sorry is quite informal.

    I beg your pardon/pardon /excuse me /sorry ? can be for when you want the person to repeat what they said.
    I beg your pardon, pardon me, excuse me /sorry can also be forms of apology.
     

    gabrigabri

    Senior Member
    Italian, Italy (Torino)
    Thanks!
    So, if I want to go, but someone stays in front of me, so that I can't go, what can I tell him? Sorry, pardon and excuse me?
    Or just to get his attention?
     

    cas29

    Senior Member
    Canada/English
    In that context I would say "excuse me" or "pardon me".

    If you step on his foot as you pass him, then you could say sorry or excuse me, or I beg your pardon.

    To get someone's attention I suggest "excuse me".
     
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