Friday, October 06, 2006

Exploring different meanings of saying "sorry"

After hearing from Ah Ying that her father passed away yesterday, Ah Foong said: "I am so sorry to hear that". Is what Ah Foong said an "apology" to Ah Ying? Is Ah Foong memohon maaf from Ah Ying? If not, what did Ah Foong exactly mean by saying "sorry" to Ah Ying?

Encyclopedia Britannica

Cambridge Dictionary Online

English-language Literature Online


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, with different construct of sentence and situations, the word "sorry" has different meanings.

If you are alluding to LKY's letter, his "sorry" simply means "dukacita" or "sedih" for what he had caused TO BADAWI.

8:16 PM  

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