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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?

August 22, 2015


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.

August 23, 2015


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

June 14, 2017


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)

March 30, 2018


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!

November 15, 2017


Conditional apologies aren't apologies, Duolingo!

March 31, 2016


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

April 1, 2016


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.

October 10, 2016


What is the origin of the word ĝenas?

September 12, 2015


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.

September 22, 2015


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

October 1, 2015


Why isn't it "mi ĝenus vin"?

November 23, 2015


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 …

November 23, 2015


Dankon! So -us is for pure assumptions?

November 28, 2015


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.
November 29, 2015


"Cxu gxi estas nun tro poste diras Bedauxro..."

June 8, 2017


So you should be... Do vi estus?

October 24, 2017
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