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"Mi bedaŭras, se mi ĝenas vin."

Translation:I am sorry if I am bothering you.

August 22, 2015



Why are there so many different words to mean sorry, and what is the difference between them?


Because it is about a great emotion.

Bedaŭri is like to be sorry about your own feeling.

Pardonpeti like to beg someone’s pardon involves the reaction of the other.


Can you use these in a sentence please? If you don't mind


Mi pardonpetas pri mia severeco! (I apologize for my severeness - literally, "I ask for forgiveness about my severeness")

Mi bedaŭras mian severecon. (I regret my severeness)


Mi ne estas fakulo, sed mi pensas, ke ĉi tio estas ĝusta: I'm not an expert, but I think that this is correct:

Mi bedaŭras, ke miaj emocioj vin kolerigas. = I am sorry that my emotions anger you. (This can also be translated as "regret", so "I regret that my emotions anger you".)

Mi pardonpetas, ke miaj emocioj vin kolerigas = I am sorry that my emotions anger you[, will you forgive me?]. (This one is more directly asking for forgiveness, hence what I have added to the end of the sentence in brackets.)

Hope I helped!


Conditional apologies aren't apologies, Duolingo!


You are more like my mom than I could possibly say.


I'm not entirely sure that it's a conditional. There are a few corner cases where "se" can show a cause more like "ĉar" and "ke." But, I don't entirely understand that part of PAG: "se, demanda-motivanta."

If this is "se motivanta", it means the same thing as this:

> Mi bedaŭras, ke mi ĝenas vin.

but with less certainty that I have actually bothered you.

> I am sorry since I may be bothering you.

It's not a way to dodge responsibility - I am apologizing for guessing your feelings too.

Here's the part I'm not sure of: the main clause must demonstrate conjecture on the speaker's part. The examples given use adverbs "sendube" and "eble." If this were expressed with an adverb... well, it would still need to be explained, but it would at least hint at this usage.

> Mi bedaŭras kaŭze/supoze se mi ĝenas vin.

This is (yet another) example of Esperanto being elegant and old-fashioned with its grammar.


What is the origin of the word ĝenas?


It probably comes from the French verb "gêner", which according to Wiktionary means
1. to bother, annoy, irritate;
2. to hinder, hamper, bother;
3. to embarrass

It's also related to the German word "genieren" (meaning to be embarrassed or to embarrass someone else), which comes from the same French word.


Thanks! I find it much easier to remember Esperanto words if I know their origin, but it's not always easy to find it!


Why isn't it "mi ĝenus vin"?


You want to apologize for something that really happens (or perhaps not), not for something that could happen under some circumstances. And if you really want to speculate like this it would be: Mi bedaŭrus …


Dankon! So -us is for pure assumptions?


Yes, it is.

  • It is good. – Ĝi estas bona.
  • It would be good. – Ĝi estus bona.
  • It would have been good. - Ĝi estintus (=estus estinta) bona.
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