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Discover the French phrase "Je suis désolé pour toi"

Get ready to find out all the things you need to know about the basic sentence "Je suis désolé pour toi". This include a detailed definition of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Along with the cool things we sprinkled like synonyms, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : I'm sorry for you

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How to pronounce it



  • IPA : / ʒə sɥi dezɔle puʁ twa /

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What does it mean?


It literally means:

"Je suis désolé pour toi" is the common way to express "I am sorry for you" in French.

How to use

If you want to express explicitly that you feel sorry for someone, use "Je suis désolé pour toi" in informal context and "Je suis désolé pour vous" in formal contexts. The second one also works when talking to a group of people (plural).

But if you want to simply express "I'm sorry", there are many possibilities. Which one to choose will depend on the context and how much you want to apologize. Let's break it into 4 scenarios:

1: Informal context and "normal" apologies, you can use:

2: Formal context and "normal" apologies, use:

3: Informal context and "big" apologies, use instead:

4: Formal context and "big" apologies, you can choose one of those:


Synonyms of "I'm sorry":

Example in a dialogue with French audio


Ton premier rendez-vous s'est bien passé ?

Did your first date went well?

Non, il m'a posé un lapin...

No, he put me a rabbit...

Je suis désolé pour toi

I'm sorry for you

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