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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Hi Casiopea

    Thanks for the website. In your earlier post, there was nothing for me to click on. That's why I was at a loss.

    Btw, can I ask you one more question. It is very common in letters and notices to say "Sorry for the inconvenience caused." My question is, is 'caused' necessary?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Not really, unless you want to say whose fault it was:

    Sorry for the inconvenience I have caused.

    Sorry for the inconvenience caused by the weather.


    If you don't specify a cause or a person responsible for the cause, 'caused' can add nothing in that context.

    But there can sometimes be an implicit cause. If you say 'There have been high winds and record low temperatures, so we are sorry for the inconvenience caused.', the cause is obviously the weather.

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    Thanks, BobK

    If I were renovating my house on an extensive scale, should I use 'caused' or not when writing a notice to my neighbours?

    During renovation of my house, it is inevitable that there will be dust and noise. I'll ask my contractor to minimise both.

    Sorry for the inconvenience (caused).

    Is 'caused' needed?

    Thanks in advance.

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    No, though I see nothing wrong with it.

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    I would like to seek your clarification. Are you saying that both versions are fine?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi BobK

    I'm not familiar with signs. What does it mean?

    Excuse me for my ignorance.

    Many thanks once again.

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    It means Yes. (It's quite a common sign in the West. Another way of saying to approve of something is 'to give it the "thumbs up"'.)

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    Many thanks, BobK.

    I'm a Singaporean, so I'm not familiar with such signs.

    By the way, out of curiosity, do you know much about Singapore? My country is a small dot on the world map. If a person hasn't heard about Singapore, he or she will not be able to find it on the map.

    I look forward to your response and would like to thank you once again for your guidance all along.

    Best wishes

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    I've certainly heard of Singapore, because of its position in world trade.

    But let's not clutter this thread up with off-topic stuff!

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    Sorry, BobK. But I was just curious because some people think Singapore is in China. Please don't reply to me as it is off-topic, as you said.

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