As a rule, you meet those two words in a situation where someone is trying to apologize for his behavior, error, inconvenience, etc. But equally if the use of these words in this case? Will this verb and adjective synonymous in meaning? Or maybe it’s two words with totally different meaning? To answer these questions, we need to define the meaning of each word and to compare this information.
Choice words: excuse / sorry — what’s the same and what is the difference?
The verb excuse several meanings:
- Excuses, apologize, apologize — excuse oneself:
I excused myself from the table. — I apologized and left the table.
He excused himself by saying he was not feeling well. — In his defense, he referred to the illness.
- I’m sorry, forgive — in this case an expression often used excuse me, that is, «excuse me»:
Please excuse my coming late / Excuse me for coming late. — I’m sorry that I came late.
Excuse me, what time is it? — Excuse me, what time ?.
- To release (from work obligations), to give permission to leave:
I excused him from attending. — I did not allow him to attend.
He was excused from military service. — He was released from military service.
Adjective sorry two basic value if it is used in certain constructs, in combination with other verbs. And the very adjective has the following translation of «sullen, miserable, miserable, gloomy, sad, sad.»
- Regret anything, sorry about anything — be sorry for something. The most used expression — I’m sorry (sorry, sorry):
I was sorry I had to do it. — I’m sorry I had to do so.
Say you’re sorry! — To ask for forgiveness.
I’m so sorry. — I am so sorry.
Some day you’ll be sorry about it. — One day you will regret it.
- Feel sorry for anyone to feel sorry for someone to sympathize with anyone — feel sorry for somebody, feel sorry for oneself:
We feel deeply sorry for him. — We are very sorry for him.
I feel so sorry for the children — It must be really hard for them. — I’m so sorry for the children, for them it must be very hard.
As seen from the above examples, and these values, despite the semantic closeness of the two words, they are still different. Of course, apologizing, people are likely to regret their deeds. In this case, sorry excuse and very close. But at the same time, not always, perhaps what was done, the man is ready to apologize and admit his guilt. Pay attention to this point.