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    Is this polite?

    I wonder, is it OK to say smth like 遅れちゃった instead of 遅れてしまった in polite speech? Does it sound feminine?
    e.g.
    誕生日パーティに遅れちゃったけど来ないよりはいいでしょ?
    (off alc.co.jp)

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    Re: Is this polite?

    Quote Originally Posted by laxxy
    I wonder, is it OK to say smth like 遅れちゃった instead of 遅れてしまった in polite speech? Does it sound feminine?
    e.g.
    誕生日パーティに遅れちゃったけど来ないよりはいいでしょ?
    (off alc.co.jp)
    friendly. but i think its okay if u r b-day partying with your close friends, but if u got to give a speech in a serious place thats kinda funny. maybe sounds humorous.

    polite way
    誕生日パーティに遅れちゃったけど、来ないよりはいいですよね?

    but i think the speech is funny anyway

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    どうもありがとう。

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    I don’t think you should use ~しちゃった in polite speech. It has a shade of currying sb’s favor and may sound feminine, but not so much, males often use it, too. Rather, I think it sounds childish to some extent.
    A man would say
    遅れたけど来ないよりましだろ(う)?
    If polite
    遅れてしまいましたが、来ないよりはいいですよね?
    But I want to argue that besides excusing, saying 来ないよりいい sounds arrogant if not rude. If you’re in a formal situation, you should excuse for being late anyway.
    遅れて(しまって)申し訳ありません〔すみません〕。
    Though it depends. I can't speak of others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOG
    I don’t think you should use ~しちゃった in polite speech. It has a shade of currying sb’s favor and may sound feminine, but not so much, males often use it, too. Rather, I think it sounds childish to some extent.
    A man would say
    遅れたけど来ないよりましだろ(う)?
    If polite
    遅れてしまいましたが、来ないよりはいいですよね?
    But I want to argue that besides excusing, saying 来ないよりいい sounds arrogant if not rude. If you’re in a formal situation, you should excuse for being late anyway.
    遅れて(しまって)申し訳ありません〔すみません〕。
    Though it depends. I can't speak of others.
    Thanks. Yes, naturally, that example is not too polite to start with, if one thinks about the meaning My question was mostly just about ~ちゃった vs. ~てしまった.

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