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    Can you please explain the meaning of "What a shame!"
    Thank you.

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    It is most likely an expression of sympathy. Example:
    • It's too bad you didn't get that scholarship. What a shame!


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    Re: expression

    Quote Originally Posted by maria123
    Can you please explain the meaning of "What a shame!"
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    It uses a meaning for shame different from "embarrassment" or "disgrace". In that sense, "shame" means "unfortunate situation" or "disappointment". :wink:

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    We also say 'What a pity'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We also say 'What a pity'.
    Que lastima!

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