How do you translate the expression to say sorry in Italian?
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and we will even talk about what kind of different “sorry” there are in Italian.
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To say sorry in Italian
First of all, let’s translate to say sorry in Italian.
To say sorry
To say sorry in Italian – Let’s break it down!
Chiedere scusa could literally be translated as to ask sorry.
Chiedere scusa can also be translated into English as to apologize, although this is more commonly rendered in Italian with the reflexive verb scusarsi.
Chiedi subito scusa per quello che hai detto!
Apologize immediately for what you said!
Chiedere is a verb of the second -ere group. Its indicativo presente conjugation is as follows.
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Chiedere is a very versatile verb in Italian and you will find it in other collocations with “to ask”. Here are a few:
To call for help
Chiedere un consiglio
To ask for advice
Chiedere un favore
To ask for a favor
To ask what time it is
For example, you can say:
Posso chiederti un consiglio su come verniciare il muro?
Can I ask your advice on how to paint the wall?
Veronica mi ha appena chiesto un favore.
Veronica just asked me for a favor.
A chi potrei chiedere aiuto?
Who could I ask for help?
We said that the translation for to say sorry in Italian is chiedere scusa. Scusa is a feminine noun. It can mean “sorry, apology” and “excuse, justification”.
Accampare scuse is a very common expression that means “making excuses”. You use this when you need to clutch at straws to find justifications for your behavior.
Smettila di accampare scuse e assumiti le tue responsabilità!
Stop making excuses and take responsibility!
When an important person or public institution slips up, saying sorry is not enough. You need scuse formali or scuse ufficiali, a “formal apology” or “official apology”.
For example, you can say…
Siamo in attesa di scuse formali da parte del primo ministro.
We are waiting for a formal apology from the prime minister.
To say sorry in Italian – Examples
Chiedo scusa per l’intrusione, signor Rossi.
I apologize for the intrusion, Mr. Rossi.
Hai chiesto scusa a Valerio per averlo spinto?
Did you say sorry to Valerio for pushing him?
Vorrei chiederti scusa per come mi sono comportato ieri.
I would like to say sorry for the way I acted yesterday.
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