Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. wotcha's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 735
    #1

    Can I beg your pardon?

    We say “Can I beg a pardon of you?“

    And I wonder if “Can I beg you a pardon“ is grammatical.

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,590
    #2

    Re: Can I beg your pardon?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    We say “Can I beg a pardon of you?“ No.

    And I wonder if “Can I beg you a pardon“ is grammatical. It's grammatical, but it's meaningless.
    Bhai.

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #3

    Re: Can I beg your pardon?

    Perhaps wotcha means 'Can I ask a favour of you?' - even then, though acceptable, it sounds pretty mannered. It'd be more natural to ask 'Will you do me a favour?' or - to be extra polite 'Would it be all right if I asked you to do me a favour? [Just say No if you'd rather not; I know I shouldn't really ask.]'

    If you use 'pardon' it's either the polite/conventional apology for doing something socially wrong, or just a request for repetition: '[Beg] pardon - I didn't quite catch that'. (That's apart from the case where someone does beg for a pardon, because, for example, they don't want their head chopped off!)

    b

Similar Threads

  1. I beg your pardon.
    By Ju in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 23-Jul-2011, 19:25
  2. I beg your pardon.
    By Abstract Idea in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 04-Jan-2010, 22:44
  3. pardon
    By tarun in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: 16-Oct-2008, 00:54
  4. pardon!
    By kimiyagarrr in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 14-Nov-2007, 22:49
  5. Difference between sorry!/? and pardon me!/!
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Jan-2005, 20:35

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •