LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/JUL/2007 7:07 PM|
|Assunto:||sorry for/sorry to|
We use sorry with an infinitive when we apologize for something that we do or will do.
"Sorry to disturb you--could I speak to you for a moment?" = "I am sorry to..." (Feeling sorry for things you do in the present)
When we apologize for something that we have done, we use use a perfect infinitive, or a for + -ing structure, or a that-clause.
"[I am] Sorry to have woken you yesterday" = "[I am] Sorry for waking you up yesterday" = "I'm sorry that I woke you up yesterday" (Feeling sorry for things you did in the [immediate] past)
If you do something you want to apologize for on the spot, you would best use a sorry + to + verb structure.
A: "Sorry to ask that question again, but when'll we get there?"
B: "At four fourteen" <mumbles annoyed>
C: "Sorry to ask that question again?--Damn it! You've asked that question a million times! If you ask it one more time, we'll throw you overboard for the sharks."
A: "Sorry to have asked that question again..."
Both B and C saw A sorry for unnecessarily repeating a question. B and C hoped A would not annoy them with asking the same question over and over. "Buddy," B and C said, "you'll feel sorry if you ask that question again."
Others will make other distinctions.
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