Entschuldigung

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

entschuldig(en) +‎ -ung

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛntˈʃʊldiɡʊŋ/
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  • The interjection is often contracted in various ways. A common realisation is /ˈ(t)ʃʊ.jʊŋ/, but the contraction may go so far as just /ʃʊŋ/ in fast speech.

Noun[edit]

Entschuldigung f (genitive Entschuldigung, plural Entschuldigungen)

  1. apology (expression of remorse or regret)
  2. excuse (explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgment)
  3. note (written excusal for being late or absent from school)

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Interjection[edit]

Entschuldigung!

  1. excuse me, pardon, sorry
  2. excuse me (request for someone's attention)

Usage notes[edit]

Common replies to the polite phrase “Entschuldigung!” are keine Ursache or more informally kein Problem, sometimes also schon gut or schon in Ordnung, and in northern Germany da nicht für.

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