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Learning Your Manners 101

I know how to say,
"Excuse Me"

When To Say It

When you need to get past someone.
When you need to reach around someone.
When you need to get someone's attention.
When you need to make an informal apology.
When you did not hear or understand what someone has said.

When Not To Say It

When you are budding in front of someone.
While you are already reaching around someone.
When confronting someone about something.
In an angry tone.

Why We Say It

So we don't effend someone.
To avoid being physical with someone.
To show respect to another person.

How To Say It

Make eye contact with the person and smile.
Say, "Excuse me" in a normal tone of voice.
Stated why you are saying it.


"Excuse me, I need to get over there please."
"Excuse me, I'm trying to reach that button."
"Excuse me, I didn't hear what you said."
"Excuse me, I didn't mean to do that." "Excuse me, please."

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