pardon

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpɑːrdən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpɑrdən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pärdn)

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pardon
You can apologize to someone by saying ‘I beg your pardon’.
‘You’re sitting in my seat.' – ‘Oh, I beg your pardon.’
Some American speakers say ‘Pardon me’.
Pardon me!’ said a man who had bumped into her.
British speakers sometimes say ‘Pardon?’ when they have not heard or understood what someone has said.
‘His name is Hardeep.’ – ‘Pardon?’ – ‘I said, his name is Hardeep.’
Apologizing
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