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    --"you lost my car?"
    " I am sorry."
    " I was sorry."

    I. which answer is right? Pls.
    II. if "was" is wrong, when should I say " I was sorry". Pls.

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    When you apologize, you say "I am sorry." You are still in a state of being sorry about it. (Although losing a car is a rather serious offense!)

    I was sorry - use this to describe a situation in the past. I was sorry when I heard (last month) that Mary was no longer with the company

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    Dear Barb,

    U mean that when people say" I was sorry" to sb, it mean people don't feel sorry now, right?

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    You may still be sorry about it now, but you are describing how you felt when did it/heard about it, which was in the past.

    I may still be sorry that Mary has left the company, but I am describing how I felt last month when I first learned of it. Or, my sorry may have faded over time.

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