In this post we will consider 2 words:  Извините, простите. Yeah, just 2 words that can have many meanings.

How to say "Excuse me" in Russian language:

Извините is used for people who you don't know. For example

if you call somebody in street to ask how to get somewhere.Извините, где находится Красная площадь? - Excuse me, where is the Red square?

Also "Извините пожалуйста" is name for any professor in university :-D

Простите - the same but it is used more seldom. Which one to use? - It depends on personal speaking style.

Извини is used for person who you know or who is just not unknown. Example "Извини, ты уранил шапку! -  Excuse me, you dropped your cap!"

And how to apologize?

Извините - I am sorry. It is used in cases if you for example touched somebody accidentaly or tepped on somebody's foot and so on. "Ой, извините! - Oh I am sorry"

Простите - the same and as I said before - difference only in your personal speaking preference.

Прости is "I am sorry" for people who you know.

And next meaning of word "Простите/прости"

Прости - forgive.

Infinitives of words простите/прости, извините/извини: прощать, извинять

 

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