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    'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    ----The concert is large enough to hold more than 3,000 people.
    ---- ________________ Did you say 3,000?

    A. Excuse me B. I'm sorry C. What a surprise D. What a shame

    Which one should I choose?

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    Re: 'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    Quote Originally Posted by trencyfu View Post
    ----The concert is large enough to hold more than 3,000 people.
    ---- ________________ Did you say 3,000?

    A. Excuse me B. I'm sorry C. What a surprise D. What a shame

    Which one should I choose?
    Could be any depending on context. A. & B.: "I'm sorry / Excuse me, I didn't hear you." OR "I'm sorry / Excuse me, I wasn't listening." C. "That was a lot" OR "Even with the bad publicity" etc. etc. D. " I thought it would draw more than that." etc., etc.


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    Re: 'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    Quote Originally Posted by trencyfu View Post
    ----The concert is large enough to hold more than 3,000 people.
    ---- ________________ Did you say 3,000?

    A. Excuse me B. I'm sorry C. What a surprise D. What a shame

    Which one should I choose?
    I think it depends on the emotional stress the recipient is implying. In spoken English, on most occasions speakers will use the construction 'Excuse me/I'm sorry, did you say (...)' when replying to an unexpected outcome.


    Not carved in stone though.

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    Re: 'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    It depends where you live.

    In the USA I hear 'I'm sorry'; in the UK 'Excuse me'.

    Rover

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    Re: 'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It depends where you live.

    In the USA I hear 'I'm sorry'; in the UK 'Excuse me'.

    Rover
    I would probably only use "Excuse me" to indicate that I wasn't sure that I'd heard correctly if I was fairly incredulous at what I thought I'd heard. It would probably be a quite high-pitched excitable "EXCUSE ME? (with questioning intonation) Did you say 3000?!"

    If I was simply asking the person to confirm or repeat what they had said, I would use "I'm sorry [I didn't quite catch that]. Did you say 3000?"

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    Re: 'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: 'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: 'Excuse me' or ' I'm soryy'?

    By the way "The concert is large enough to hold more than 3000 people" doesn't really make sense. Should it have said "The concert hall" or "The concert venue"? A concert doesn't hold people. It's held in front of people (the audience).

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