Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Pity"

The meaning of "Pity" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does "more out of pity than anything" mean?
A: Hi!

'More out of pity than anything' means that whatever you did/said was more out of sympathy than genuine want/reason.

For example:

'I agreed to go to his party more out of pity than anything'

This means the person agreed to go to the party, even though they didn't really want to, because they felt sorry for the person asking them. They felt guilty so decided to go because of that.

I use 'more out of [ ] than anything' pretty regularly, it's definitely part of daily speech here.

Other examples:

"I read the magazine more out of boredom than anything."

"I called the number more out of curiosity than anything."
Q: What does That's a pity mean?
A: es una lástima / qué pena
Q: What does It's a pity, certainl a glaring omission in our experiences so far mean?
A: @Ri-na It's a pity, certainly a glaring omission in our experiences so far.

It's a pity,
certainly = 確かに
a glaring omission = (fixed phrase) something obviously missing
in our experiences so far

Such a shame, definitely something we must add to our experiences.
Q: What does I feel no pity for you at all mean?
A: no siento lástima por ti en absoluto
Q: What does She is dead to pity. mean?
A: This is an odd sentence and you will probably never encounter something like this in normal speech. If you say you are dead to something, then that means you can't feel it or experience it. So in this case, she can't feel pity.

Example sentences using "Pity"

Q: Please show me example sentences with pity.
A: I pity the person that pities another for his pity on those that pity.

Pity's direct definition is to feel sorry for. I pity, You pity, He pities, They puty. and we pity are all correct.

More examples.

I pity the fool without knowledge

He pities me for not winning
Q: Please show me example sentences with pity([noncount] : a strong feeling of sadness or sympathy for someone or something).
A: I feel pity for Josh because he got expelled from the school.
Q: Please show me example sentences with pity.
A: I pity her
Q: Please show me example sentences with pity and sorrow.
A: Check the question to view the answer
Q: Please show me example sentences with What's a pity .
A: What a pity (not what's a pity) is a phrase used when you're disappointed by something

Synonyms of "Pity" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between I have pity on him. and I have sympathy on him. ?
A: To pity is to feel bad for someone.
To sympathize is to empathize with or to understand their emotions.
Also, in case you wanted grammar advice, these are the correct ways of saying it.
I pity him.
I sympathize with him.
Q: What is the difference between pity and petty ?
A: Pity is the feeling of regret or disappointment.
"Its a pity you cant hang out on Saturday!"

Petty is when someone is overreacting or immature about something. This is an informal slang term.
Q: What is the difference between I feel of no pity for you at all and I feel no pity for you at all ?
A: Yes, you can say that either way. Of is a word that is used incorrectly by native English speakers a LOT. We often mix it up and use it in the wrong places too, so don't worry too much! It is used for amounts like "3 pounds of meat" "a piece of pie" " a bunch of bananas"
Q: What is the difference between pity and sympathy ?
A: Pity is more of an insult, sympathy is more kind. Pity implies you look down on someone and see yourself as above them. Sympathy implies you see someone as your equal but feel sorry for them due to circumstance.
Q: What is the difference between take pity on someone and feel pity for someone ?
A: @jickoon: the 1st implies action, like giving aid or sparing punishment.

Translations of "Pity"

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? It would be a pity that one misses the chance to make serious and thorough reflection on death before his life comes to an end. Death is an important part of our life and should be faced, thought and finally accepted. Natural?
A: It sounds very natural but the last sentence kind of doesnt make sense. Instead of just "thought" it can be something like: Death is an important part of our life and should be faced, throughly thought about, and then accepted.

Or you can just simply take out "throughly" and just leave it as "thought about". You can also choose to leave it as "finally accepted" instead of "then accepted" but that is just what I would do.

I hope this helps!
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? It's a pity that Michael Jackson cannnot watch this video. He must be proud of you!
A: You should write the exact thing you wrote except change “he must” to “he would be”
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? / "A pity the Emperor himself won't be able to attend," his mother said. "Wouldn't it have been something to see him for ourselves?" -> I don't get the meaning of the second sentence, "Wouldn't~" /
A: “A pity the Emperor himself won’t be able to attend,” his mother said. “It would have been interesting to see him for ourselves.”

I used “interesting” here because I’m this context it holds the same ambiguous meaning as the original sentence.
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? It’s a pity you can’t ride on a roller coaster. It would be fun if you rode it. Does this sound natural??? 🙅“×”→
A: [it's a pity you can't ride on a roller coaster] が いいですが「it would be fun if you rode it」いないです。

あなたは 「It would be fun if you rode one」話しを試みています。

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? I pity you
A: @Natalia7: it means you feel bad for that person

Other questions about "Pity"

Q: It is a pity that even ordinary people in Japan steal a bicycle without feeling guilty. In my opinion, stealing something should not be allowed and we should tell young people how bad it is more often,as early as possible.
Some people say that there are many bicycles left at the station in Japan that do not seem to have been used for a long time. If someone steal the bicycle, we are reluctant to blame them,because the bicycle occupies the space in front of the station.
However, stealing a bicycle, if minor, is a crime and those who do so should rightly be punished for it. Besides, they are often young people and they are likely to go on to steal something once they succeed in a crime and are not punished for it.
Therefore, schools and parents should tell young people that they will be punished, or even worse arrested, even if they commit a small crime. does this sound natural?
A: Yep, this sounds very natural. I could point out some minor mistakes if you'd like; for example "stealing something SHOULD not be allowed" instead of "is not allowed" because it is your opinion and not a fact, and shortening the first sentence of the second paragraph; "Some people say that there are many bicycles left at the station in Japan that do not seem to have been used for a long time", and also, in the very last sentence, "Therefore, schools and parents should tell young people that they WILL BE punished" instead of "are punished". If you want me to do more in-depth correction or want me to explain why I corrected certain parts, let me know!

I've seen very many people who are also studying English attempt to write similar things but you've worded it perfectly. If you hadn't had posted it on this site, no one would've assumed English isn't your native language!
Q: it is a pity that we haven't any Meetup here does this sound natural?
A: ohhhh now I get what you mean. You can simply say,

"It's a pity we haven't got a community meet-up"
Q: he always takes pity on disabled people does this sound natural?
Q: How can I say instead of "What a pity!"? I studied this phrase in school but I've heard it is not used actually.
A: You can say "Too bad" or "What a shame." :)
Q: I pity the guy who may try to plot against our boss.

or

I feel sorry for the guy who may try to plot against our boss. does this sound natural?
A: Either work, really. The second may sound more lengthy. Personally, I think the first gets to the point much quicker.

I would recommend the first.

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