I'm sorry! expressing regret
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I'm sorry! Expressing regret
A simple way of expressing regret is to say lo siento / lo lamento (I'm sorry).
Me equivoqué, lo siento/lo lamento.
I made a mistake, I'm sorry.
Other ways of expressing regret:
- Lamentar (to be sorry about, to regret)
Lamentamos haber llegado tarde.
We're sorry we arrived late.
Lamento llamar a esta hora.
I'm sorry to call at this hour.
- Sentir (to be sorry about, to regret)
Siento haber sido desagradable.
I'm sorry for being disagreeable.
Sentimos tu pérdida.
We are sorry for your loss, We feel your loss.
- Arrepentirse (to regret, to repent)
Me arrepiento de haber venido.
I regret coming.
- Ojalá (I wish) + (no) + past perfect subjunctive
Ojalá hubiera dicho algo. decir, subj. pret. pluscuamperfecto
I wish I had said something.
Ojalá no hubiera comprado tantas cosas. comprar, subj. pret. pluscuamperfecto
I wish I hadn't bought so many things.
Note: lamentar, sentir and arrepentirse follow these structures:
- lamentar / arrepentirse de + haber + past participle
- lamentar / sentir + infinitive or noun
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