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    sentence's exact meaning

    I heard this from a movie:
    --A."I saw you on my father's funeral."
    --B." Yes, I was sorry."

    When people say"I was sorry", it means they don't feel sorry any more now, right? If so, B is not sorry now, is it?

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    Re: sentence's exact meaning

    B is still sorry. He is just putting his comments in the same time period that A had started talking about.

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    Re: sentence's exact meaning

    So, it's ok to say" I am sorry" too in this situation. Right?

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    Re: sentence's exact meaning

    Yes, either tense would express the same meaning.

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    Re: sentence's exact meaning

    But, I would add, if the funeral was two years ago, not last week, "I was sorry" would make a lot more sense.

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    Re: sentence's exact meaning

    Thank both of u!

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