Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: crowded bus

  1. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbo-Croatian
      • Home Country:
      • Serbia
      • Current Location:
      • Serbia

    • Join Date: Aug 2015
    • Posts: 182
    #1

    crowded bus

    If you were on a crowded bus and had a few bags and an umbrella in your hands, and your things hit someone (someone's legs) a few times while the bus was moving, how would you say sorry to that person in a polite way? Is "I am sorry that my bags hit you." good enough?

  2. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 16,071
    #2

    Re: crowded bus

    Just "Sorry!" is sufficient.

  3. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbo-Croatian
      • Home Country:
      • Serbia
      • Current Location:
      • Serbia

    • Join Date: Aug 2015
    • Posts: 182
    #3

    Re: crowded bus

    If that has happened a number of times, and I want to say that on getting off the bus, I need to explain why I am saying sorry.

  4. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 16,071
    #4

    Re: crowded bus

    You have reached your stop, and you are getting off the bus. And you want to explain why you said "Sorry!"? You'll miss your stop! No! Get off the bus!

  5. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbo-Croatian
      • Home Country:
      • Serbia
      • Current Location:
      • Serbia

    • Join Date: Aug 2015
    • Posts: 182
    #5

    Re: crowded bus

    If that has happened a number of times during the journey, and I realize shortly before getting off the bus that it must have been a nuisance for the other person and want to say sorry, I need to explain why I am saying sorry. :D

    When I say "on getting off the bus", does that mean that I am stepping out of the bus at that very moment or can it also mean that I am getting ready to get off the bus (like moving towards the door)?

  6. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 16,071
    #6

    Re: crowded bus

    If you absolutely have to explain why you said "Sorry!" then do so. However, in my opinion it would be better just to repeat the expression.

  7. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbo-Croatian
      • Home Country:
      • Serbia
      • Current Location:
      • Serbia

    • Join Date: Aug 2015
    • Posts: 182
    #7

    Re: crowded bus

    Actually my main dilemma about this situation was which verb I could use. What could I say instead of "hit" to describe what my bags or things or a backpack did to someone in such a situation?

  8. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 50,857
    #8

    Re: crowded bus

    Sorry my bags kept hitting you.
    Sorry my bags kept bumping against your legs.
    Sorry about my bags swinging against you.

    Really - worry less about the verb and more about the apology!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Posting Permissions

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