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excuse me (3)

This page is about the conversational phrase excuse me (3)

Meaning

This is a polite thing to say if you have to get past somebody in a crowded space.

For example

  • A man behind me said, "Excuse me." Then he squeezed past me and got off the bus.

  • It was a really crowded shop. I must have said "Excuse me" a dozen times while I was in there.

Note:
Also "pardon me" (American English)

Quick Quiz

if you're on a crowded train, you should say "Excuse me" if

a. someone's squeezing past you

b. you're squeezing past someone

c. someone's squeezing something

Contributor: Matt Errey