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    a. I am sorry to have caused any trouble.

    Does this mean: I am sorry if I have caused any trouble.

    It does sort of imply that I haven't really caused any trouble, doesn't it?

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    Default Re: sorry

    Often when people are apologising, they do this to try to lessen the impact of their wrong actions. Prince Harry, who caused a scandal by wearing a Nazi uniform to a party, apologised for any offence he 'may have caused', even though he knew full well that many people were disgusted with his actions.
    Last edited by Tdol; 30-Mar-2005 at 03:44. Reason: typo

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    That's a sly way of apologising!

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    Default Re: sorry

    It's called damage limitation.

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