"I am sorry!"


August 2, 2016

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Never seen ''Sajnálom'' before, so I got it wrong...


"Sajnálom" is more formal, and used is specific situations only. It is more like expressing sympathy than just saying a quick "sorry". You would not say "sajnálom" when you just accidentally bump into someone on the street. But if you bump into them and they fall over, you would say something like "ne haragudjon, nagyon sajnálom" while you are helping them to get up.


Elnézést kérek! :-)


I got it right by cheating! Cannot believe I did this trick!


any difference between bocsánat and elnézést? Both seem to mean sorry.


Elnézést is more formal.


they both mean sorry and excuse me


Elnézést/Sajnálom is formal but same with "Bocsánat, Bocsi".


I said vagyok Bocsánat, is that correct or not?


No. Literally, "bocsánat" means "forgiveness". So the strictly literal meaning of "bocsánatot kérek" (which is also commonly used), is "I am asking for forgiveness". Apart from that, "Vagyok bocsánat" is also in the wrong word order. The correct word order would be "bocsánat vagyok". That would mean "I am forgiveness" and it would still be wrong. Sorry.... :-)


MannaSz - How come "it would still be wrong".? Can't one say "bocsanatot vagyok", or might it be only appropriate in poetry? Also, please, exactly what does "ne haragudjon" mean (per that earlier comment of yours)? Thank you to the stalwart team who is helping us here.


Hi cosmo, "bocsánatOT vagyok" is grammatically incorrect, so it would not be accepted anywhere. "Bocsánat vagyok" (= I am forgiveness) may be accepted in poetry, the same way "I am the wind" or "I am hope" would be accepted. :-) "Ne haragudjon" literally means "don't be angry/cross" , in formal language. Informal would be "ne haragudj". You might find that your Hungarian friends will open a sentence with "ne haragudj, de... " before they tell you something that will make you upset. (something like "don't be cross with me for saying this but ..." ) :-)


That's what I keep putting but it's no accepting it.


i have the same problem


I put "bocsánat kérek" but it came up as incorrect. Does adding the "kérek" change the meaning?


It does not change the meaning but the verb "kérek" refers to the "bocsánat" as its object and therefore it should be inflected, accusative if you will. Therefore it should be "bocsánatot kérek".
apple - alma
i ask for an apple - Egy almát kérek.

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