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Difference between Shitsureishimasu and sumimasen

Discussion in 'Learning Japanese' started by xaeida, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. xaeida

    xaeida Registered

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    Hello,
    I am a teacher in Australia and have happily fallen into the position of teaching Japanese to year 3 students. I am only learning Japanese just now and have a question regarding the distinction between shitsureishimasu and sumimasen. They both come up as translating to 'excuse me' and I would like to know when to use which one.
    Thank you so much for your help!
    Xaeida
     
  2. Toritoribe

    Toritoribe 松葉解禁
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    "Shitsureishimasu" is a greeting mosty used when entering or leaving somewhere just like hello or good-bye. The past form "shitsureishimashita" can be apology (I'm sorry), though. On the other hand, "sumimasen" is used for apologizing for something wrong (I'm sorry), including previously for future things (excuse me), or gratitude for goodwill (thank you).
     
  3. xaeida

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    Thank you so much Toritoribe, this is really helpful to me :emoji_smile:
     

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