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    Default I'm terrible = I'm sorry

    I found in a reference book that "I'm terrible = I'm sorry"
    Does it make sense? I think it's nonsense.

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    Default Re: I'm terrible = I'm sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I found in a reference book that "I'm terrible = I'm sorry"
    Does it make sense? Not really.

    I think it's nonsense.
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    Default Re: I'm terrible = I'm sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I found in a reference book that "I'm terrible = I'm sorry"
    Does it make sense? I think it's nonsense.
    "I'm terrible" does not mean "I'm sorry". But if you are sorry about something, it's not uncommon to say, "I'm terrible."
    "I was drunk last night, and I accidentally swallowed your goldfish. I know, I'm terrible!" With the right attitude of contrition, this might pass for an apology.

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    Default Re: I'm terrible = I'm sorry

    Indeed. 'I'm terrible' doesn't necessarily mean 'I'm sorry'.

    It's more the feeling of being terrible. You can use it when you're being sarcastic too!

    For example:
    'I couldn't be bothered to arrive on time today.....I know I'm terrible!'

    This also sounds a bit snobbish.......

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    Default Re: I'm terrible = I'm sorry

    In BrE, it's common to say that you are terribly sorry.

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    Default Re: I'm terrible = I'm sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In BrE, it's common to say that you are terribly sorry.
    Some people say that here too.

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