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    Lightbulb Saying "I was wrong"/"my mistake"

    Hello there,

    I was wondering about any nice, elegant ways of admitting that one was wrong, and his statement(s) should not be considered any more.

    Example, commenting an article:

    X: Well, I think [opinion]
    Y: You didn't understand the point. Read the whole article.
    *X re-reads the article, or reads what he/she missed out before*
    *X notices their opinion was actually off-topic and missing the point*
    X: [admitting mistake]

    I was thinking about..

    "I see. My mistake, disregard what I said."
    "I retract my previous statement" (this seems.. overused. I guess this was in some movie and I _don't_ want to be seen as quoting by the less able)
    "My bad".

    Basically, I'm looking for fun ways to say "My bad. Ignore what I said".

    Formal, informal, anything.

    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Saying "I was wrong"/"my mistake"

    'I stand corrected.'

    'Oops! Colour me embarrassed.'

    'Beam me up, Scotty.'

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: Saying "I was wrong"/"my mistake"

    There are so many ways you can say this.

    Oops. I sure misread that. Never mind!
    Oh, boy, was I off-base there!

    Really - it's limitless.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Talking Re: Saying "I was wrong"/"my mistake"

    *** NOT A TEACHER ***


    Quote Originally Posted by wildhoney View Post
    I was wondering about any nice, elegant ways of admitting that one was wrong, and his statement(s) should not be considered any more.
    A careful re-reading your excellent article has rendered my previous statement invalid. Would you be so kind as to ignore that?
    Or:
    Having carefully read your outstanding article again, I noticed I had missed an important point. You are, of course, correct.

    Or simply: "You are right. I overlooked something."
    I admit that I was wrong.

    ___________________________________________

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Colour me embarrassed.
    On second thought, don't! I like what I'm wearing.

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    #5

    Re: Saying "I was wrong"/"my mistake"

    My fault. I'm sorry.

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