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"Discúlpame" is a phrase which is often translated as "forgive me", and "perdón" is a noun which is often translated as "forgiveness". Learn more about the difference between "discúlpame" and "perdón" below.
discúlpame(
dees
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kool
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pah
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meh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(imperative; singular)
a. forgive me
Discúlpame por llegar tarde, pero había un embotellamiento.Forgive me for arriving late, but there was a traffic jam.
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perdón(
pehr
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dohn
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of forgiving)
a. forgiveness
Solo Dios puede darte el perdón que buscas.Only God can grant the forgiveness you seek.
b. pardon (law)
El gobernador le extendió el perdón al prisionero.The governor granted the inmate a pardon.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (apologies)
a. pardon me
Perdón, no te oigo con la música.Pardon me, I can't hear you over the music.
b. sorry
¡Perdón! No fue mi intención pisarte el pie.Sorry! I didn't mean to step on your foot.
c. excuse me
Perdón, ¿me puede dar la hora?Excuse me, do you have the time?
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