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larryritchie-- May 24, 2015, 12:45 pm
 In lesson 5.5 I'm late I'm sorry  -  Why is it not
translated Estoy Atrasado , Estoy siento.
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Steven-W15 May 24, 2015, 1:32 pm
Estoy atrasado, lo siento. I'm late, I'm sorry.

The difference is that atrasado is an adjective while siento is a conjugated verb (sentir) in the present. If you wanted to employ estar, it would be Estoy sentido (an adjective - although I think this would change the meaning a bit).
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Robert-C7 May 24, 2015, 6:26 pm
Literally, it translates to "I am late, I feel it" - note the 'lo'.
 But, "lo siento" is more just how we say "I'm sorry".
 Note that sentir = to feel.  This must be another one of
those idiomatic things.
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Dan-H24 May 25, 2015, 12:33 am
I think Robert is right. Lo siento translates literally as "I feel
it," but in practical usage it is simply how you express being
sorry about something.
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