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Es tut mir leid

Why does the I am sorry phrase need a four word expression?

June 19, 2018

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It causes me pain.

June 19, 2018

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It's the same as the three word 'I am sorry', or more literally 'it gives me sorrow'.

June 19, 2018

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Sentences in other languages will not always be able to be translated literally word for word. Get used to it. ;-)

June 20, 2018

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It’s literal translation is different. ‘Es tut mir’ means ‘it does me’. Unsure about what ‘leid’ means but it’s close to ‘leider’ which means ‘unfortunately’.

June 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Deborah774506

It's complicated with literal translations: the german verb in this case is "leid tun" (or "jemandem leid tun") and means in english "to feel sorry". Closer than "leider" would be "das Leid" which means "sorrow" or "harm".

June 20, 2018
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