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I beg your pardon (2)

FORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase I beg your pardon (2)

Meaning

You can say this if you think what someone's said or done is wrong.

For example

  • "Harry's not a very good father."
    "I beg your pardon. He's a wonderful father."

  • When a woman went straight to the counter without waiting, I said, "I beg your pardon. You weren't next in line."

Note:
You can also use "Excuse me" and "Pardon me" in the same way.

Quick Quiz

Tony said climate change is a myth, and Julia said, "I beg your pardon.

a. That's not true."

b. That's what I think."

c. That's an interesting view."

Contributor: Matt Errey