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What does 'unfortunately' mean here?
I asked my friend about if they wanted to meet up one time in the next few weeks.
They got back and said 'Yeah that sounds great! - unfortunately I am quite busy until the end of the month - would that work for you?'
What does 'unfortunately' mean here? Is this something you would say to someone you care about/a friend?
- RPLv 72 months ago
In this context, it is an expression of regret. The reason is not caring or friendship, but it reflects the person's desire to do whatever s/he cannot and her/his sorry at being unable to do it.
- Den B7Lv 72 months ago
It sounds as if they are disappointed by their circumstances and would prefer to get together sooner, but can't.
- TorchbugLv 72 months ago
Yes, it is something you would say to a friend, family member or anyone. It's similar to saying "Meeting you sounds great BUT I can't."
Using "unfortunately" instead of "but" implies that they would like to spend time with you and are sad/unlucky that they are unable to do so.
- ♥Sweetness♥Lv 72 months ago
'Unfortunately' is a more formal way of saying 'sorry'.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
"Unfortunately" indicates a negative detail: the friends is busy.
- UserLv 72 months ago
It means that the friend regrets being unable to meet sooner than that.
It doesn't indicate WHY the friend regrets it, other than suggesting that the friend wishes that it could be sooner.
- Gretchen SLv 72 months ago
“Unfortunately” means”unluckily.” Your friend is not happy about it.