Discover the French phrase "Je suis désolé pour toi"

Get prepared to discover everything you have to know about the basic French sentence “Je suis désolé pour toi”.

More precisely, it includes a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. Along with the useful informations we sprinkled like synonym, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

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Translation in English

How to pronounce it

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean?

Definition

It literally means:

  • Je → I
  • suis → am
  • désolé → sorry
  • pour → for
  • toi→ you

 

“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:

  • Désolé → Sorry
  • Pardon → Sorry
  • Je suis désolé → I am sorry
  • Excuse-moi → Excuse me
  • Je m’excuse → I apologize
 

2: Formal context and “normal” apologies, use:

 

3: Informal context and “big” apologies, use instead:

  • Je te demande pardon → I beg your pardon
  • Je suis vraiment désolé → I am really sorry
  • Je suis sincèrement désolé → I am sincerely sorry
 

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

  • Toutes mes excuses → All my excuses/apologies
  • Je vous demande pardon → I beg your pardon
  • Je suis vraiment désolé → I am really sorry
  • Je suis sincèrement désolé → I am sincerely sorry
 

Synonyms

  • Je suis désolé pour vous → I’m sorry for you (Formal and/or plural))

 

Synonyms of “I’m sorry“:

  • Je suis désolé → I’m sorry
  • Désolé → Sorry
  • Pardon → Sorry
  • Excuse-moi → Excuse me
  • Excusez-moi → Excuse me (Formal)
  • Je m’excuse → I apologize
  • Toutes mes excuses → All my excuses/apologies (Formal)
  • Je suis vraiment désolé → I am really sorry
  • Je suis sincèrement désolé → I am sincerely sorry
  • Je te demande pardon → I beg your pardon
  • Je vous demande pardon → I beg your pardon (Formal)

 

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” 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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