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    miss your call

    Which one of the following is correct:-

    (1) I am sorry that I have missed your call.

    (2) I am sorry to have missed your call.

    (3) I am sorry that I missed your call.

    (4) I am sorry for missing your call.

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    Re: miss your call

    2-4 are OK for me. I wouldn't use 1.

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    Re: miss your call

    What is the meaning of the second sentence and how does it differ from the first one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    2-4 are OK for me. I wouldn't use 1.

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    Re: miss your call

    1 would work as a voicemail greeting. You have "just" missed it, as the caller hears this immediately after you didn't pick up. Any further in the past and it doesn't work because it's a weird combination of past and present.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: miss your call

    Thanks. So how does the second sentence differ from the first one?




    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    1 would work as a voicemail greeting. You have "just" missed it, as the caller hears this immediately after you didn't pick up. Any further in the past and it doesn't work because it's a weird combination of past and present.

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    Re: miss your call

    "to have missed" can be at any time.

    I'm sorry to have missed your call yesterday.
    It would be a shame to have missed your call. I'm glad I didn't.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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