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    простите, если что не так

    We say that sometimes saying goodbye. How do I say something like that in English? Does "Forgive me for whatever I've done wrong" sound more or less ok? (in the context when people say goodbye).
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    Re: простите, если что не так

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    We say that sometimes saying goodbye. How do I say something like that in English? Does "Forgive me for whatever I've done wrong" sound more or less ok? (in the context when people say goodbye).
    Thanks.
    Sounds good to me. Are you sure?
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    Re: простите, если что не так

    Quote Originally Posted by Lampada
    Are you sure?
    В чем?
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    It is not common to say anything like this when saying goodbye.

    If you want to ask, casually, if you need forgiveness:

    "I hope I haven't done/said anything wrong"

    or,

    "I hope you'll forgive me if I did anything wrong"

    American slang:

    "We're still cool?"

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    Thanks, paulb!!

    So just "Forgive me if I did anything wrong" is ok, too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Thanks, paulb!!

    So just "Forgive me if I did anything wrong" is ok, too?
    I would change it to "Please forgive me if I've done/I did anything wrong."

    If you are asking for forgiveness, it sounds better to be extra polite.

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    You could also part with something like "Goodbye, and I hope I didn't offend you with what I said" or "Goodbye, sorry if I said something I shouldn't have" etc.
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    Thanks, Винсик
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    Yes, we would not generally use the word "forgive." It is a high-register word, very solemn, formal.

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    In Russian that phrase has a slant of religious (especially Christian) tradition. So, the speaker of that phrase is generally perceived as a religious Christian or at least having some roots in it. The more contemporary form could be something like:

    Не держите зла!

    Do we have a similar traditional/religious expression in English?

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    Sometimes we say, "don't hold that against me", and you can precede it with words like "Please" or "I hope you"
    hold something against someone
    to have a bad opinion about someone because of something they did. I understand that your car isn't working, but please don't hold it against me personally – I didn't build your car.
    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/hold+against

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodile
    In Russian that phrase has a slant of religious (especially Christian) tradition. So, the speaker of that phrase is generally perceived as a religious Christian or at least having some roots in it.
    Which phrase do you mean? "Простите, если что не так"? I would never perceive someone who says it, as a religious Christian
    Using this line of reasoning you can say that someone who says "спасибо" is a religious Christian because primordially it meant "God save you".
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