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    Hi teachers,

    Suppose, something bad happened to someone by me. For example: while talking with someone I have used an offensive word although I didn't mean to say. It just happened and I can't even imagine how come I said that word.
    In that situation, if I say "I am sorry It happened unintentionally or I did it unintentionally." or "It happened insensitively or I did it insensitively." am I wrong? If so how would I say what I mean to say? If correct, which one is more natural?


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    Default Re: unintentionally and insensitively

    It was a slip of the tongue/It just slipped out/I didn't meant to say it

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    Default Re: unintentionally and insensitively

    They alternatives you gave are useful. But they can be used only when it is kind of conversation. How about things that happened by us mistakenly. Suppose on a bus, I and someone are seated on a seat together. At once I fall asleep and then perhaps I am dreaming something like fighting. In my dream I see that I am punching someone and at the same time I punch the one who is sitting beside me on the bus. Then I wake up and I realize that I have really punched him. So I want to say him that "I am sorry. I was actually dreaming and I didn't mean to punch you. I actually did it insensitively or it happened insensitively." Is it okay? If not, if there are any other alternatives please let me know.

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    Default Re: unintentionally and insensitively

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    I want to say him that "I am sorry. I was actually dreaming and I didn't mean to punch you.
    Then say it.
    "I actually did it insensitively or it happened insensitively." Is it okay?
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    Default Re: unintentionally and insensitively

    Unconsciously would be closer. Insensitive is when you tell your girlfriend she's right, she has gained weight.

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    Default Re: unintentionally and insensitively

    Yes I really knew that word. But I thought that the words I chose would be suitable. It's okay. Then I have to say like "I did it unconsciously.". Right?

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