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Can I not say, " I am afraid I was ignorant(uninformed) of the results of the exam's, so I didn't know what to do."

I don't see how the word ignorant can be impolite or informal. To my understanding, it can mean uninformed and can be used formally.

Please tell me if I am right. Is there anything wrong with the word ignorant. Can I not use this while asking questions: I am afraid I am ignorant of the news; I cannot say much about that."

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anonymousCan I not say, "I am afraid I was ignorant (uninformed) of the results of the exams, so I didn't know what to do."
anonymousI don't see how the word ignorant can be impolite or informal. To my understanding, it can mean uninformed and can be used formally.

The literal meaning of "ignorant", which is just "not knowing", has been hijacked by the extended pejorative sense of "stupid", "ill-mannered", etc., to the point where you can now hardly say that someone is "ignorant", full stop, in the former, neutral sense. Saying that someone "is ignorant of something" is still possible in (relatively) formal English. However, some people who are not very aware of the former meaning might still make some association in their minds with the latter meaning.

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anonymousCan I not say, " I am afraid I was ignorant of the results of the exam's, exams, so I didn't know what to do."

You can say that. You used "ignorant of (something)" when talking about yourself.

anonymousIs there anything wrong with the word ignorant?

You did not call anyone else ignorant (stupid). That's rude.

anonymousI am afraid I am ignorant of the news; I cannot say much about that.

Fine.

The expression to be ignorant of is very formal. In ordinary conversation you may want to change it to not to have seen or not to have heard, thus:

I'm afraid I hadn't seen the results of the exams, so I didn't know what to do.
I'm afraid I haven't heard the news, so I can't say much about that.

On the other hand, to be ignorant is very informal and rude when directed at others.

Clark didn't even shake hands with the new employees. He's so ignorant.

CJ

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