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Dear Ted:

Does the phrase "to be sorry for someone" make sense in English?

If so, when do you use it?

Would you please give me some examples?

By the way, is "to be sorry for someone" a prepositional phrase or a noun phrase?

Thank you.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Does the phrase "to be sorry for someone" make sense in English?

If so, when do you use it?

*** Yes, it makes sense and it is used quite frequently.  It means that you feel pity or sympathy for another person.

Would you please give me some examples?

EXAMPLES:

We all felt sorry for Jane, when her father died.

You will be sorry for treating your younger brother so unkindly.

"To be sorry for someone" means that you are sad at their loss.


By the way, is "to be sorry for someone" a prepositional phrase or a noun phrase?

*** to be sorry for someone = "to be" is an infinitive and the five words make up an
infinitive phrase.  There is a prepositional phrase, "for someone," that is part of the infinitive phrase.

Ted

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