I know to say: con permiso for excuse me. I usually use this when I need to walk past someone but are there other types of excuse me? Like for example I want to ask a stranger for directions or the time of day.


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You point out a very interesting thing: "excuse me" can be used both for walking past someone, and for stopping someone to ask in the street.

To stop someone, you can say

  • Perdone
  • Disculpe

To apologize:

  • Perdón / perdone
  • Lo siento.
  • Lo lamento.

To walk past someone:

  • Perdón / perdone
  • Con permiso
  • Por favor.

There are many synonyms for the verbs themselves, but they can't be used to ask for permission. I think those are all.

  • I wouldn't use por favor to walk past someone; in Chile, that sounds rather odd and tends to upset people.
    – Schwale
    Aug 14, 2018 at 13:06
  • What about , paso, por favor?
    – FGSUZ
    Aug 14, 2018 at 19:12
  • Can you give me a sentence?
    – Schwale
    Aug 14, 2018 at 20:22
  • It's just that, "paso, por favor". It's the shortening of "Déjenme paso, por favor", or "pido paso, por favor´", or something similar.
    – FGSUZ
    Aug 14, 2018 at 20:52

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