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    I'm sorry FOR or ABOUT you?

    I remember being taught to use "I'm sorry FOR you". However in one test there stood "I'm sorry ABOUT you" as the correct answer. Could you explain the difference please?


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    Re: I'm sorry FOR or ABOUT you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre Derezhenko View Post
    I remember being taught to use "I'm sorry FOR you". However in one test there stood "I'm sorry ABOUT you" as the correct answer. Could you explain the difference please?
    I can't think of a context in which I'd say "I'm sorry about you."

    I think we can say:

    > I'm sorry about that.
    > I'm sorry for that.
    > I'm sorry for you.

    But I can't quite pin down the meaning of "I'm sorry about you."

    I'd just forget that test question as a mistake.

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    Re: I'm sorry FOR or ABOUT you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre Derezhenko View Post
    I remember being taught to use "I'm sorry FOR you". However in one test there stood "I'm sorry ABOUT you" as the correct answer. Could you explain the difference please?
    I hesitate to suggest this, but, in my opinion, the test answer doesn't make much sense.

    You can be sorry for someone, meaning you feel sad about what they're experiencing. You can be sorry about something that happens to someone.

    So you can say, "I'm sorry about your losing your job. I feel really sorry for you."

    buggles(not a teacher)

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