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    Question sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    Could you please tell me which is suitable for the situation below?
    Or do these completely mean the same thing?

    *when I arrived late for something...

    A:I'm sorry I'm late.

    B:I'm sorry to be late.

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    Default Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    Quote Originally Posted by kayoox View Post
    Could you please tell me which is suitable for the situation below?
    Or do these completely mean the same thing?

    *when I arrived late for something...

    A:I'm sorry I'm late.

    B:I'm sorry to be late.
    Check this thread

    Is it correct to say " I apologize to be late " - WordReference Forums

    Roniy asks the same question in post #5

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    It is correct to use both expressions to convey the meaning, but It seems more accepted and general to use " Sorry I'm late"

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    Default Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    Quote Originally Posted by kayoox View Post
    Could you please tell me which is suitable for the situation below?
    Or do these completely mean the same thing?

    *when I arrived late for something...

    A:I'm sorry I'm late.

    B:I'm sorry to be late.
    I`m sorry I`m late. - correct, or
    I`m sorry for being late.

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    Default Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    when you are in a hurry and you need to leave someone becouse you are late for doin something, you use: sorry, Im late. I need to get to the station on time (for example)
    when you arrive late to some place use: i'm sorry to be late. My bus was late (for example)

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    Default Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    Quote Originally Posted by kayoox View Post
    Could you please tell me which is suitable for the situation below?
    Or do these completely mean the same thing?

    *when I arrived late for something...

    A:I'm sorry I'm late.

    B:I'm sorry to be late.
    Both are fine as is,

    I'm sorry that I'm late.

    Sorry for being late.

    I'm late, sorry about that.

    There are likely more.

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    Smile Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    >Hello, Boadicea! Thank you for your information. I confirmed the threads you had mentioned. I was able to learn something I needed.

    >Hello, ruholla! Thank you for your comment. I'm glad to know how these expressions are used in general.

    >Hello, teia_petrescu! Thank you for your comment. According to you, "I'm sorry to be late" is incorrect in this case.

    >Hello, Marina Alejandra! Thank you for your comment. In your opinion, "I'm sorry, I'm late" can be used when someone excuses to leave and "I'm sorry to be late" can be used when someone arrived late.

    >Hello, riverkid! Thank you for your comment and the example sentences. I realized there are other ways to apologize for being late.


    I'm grateful for your commitment. Thank you all !

    I also found the expression, "I am very sorry to be late. I was wrapping your present," in a picture book titled "Frog and Toad All Year(by Arnold Lobel).

    As of now, I take it that, strictly speaking, "I'm sorry to be late" is incorrect grammatically but some people use it when they apologize for being late.

    Do I get it wrong?

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    Default Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    Quote Originally Posted by kayoox View Post

    As of now, I take it that, strictly speaking, "I'm sorry to be late" is incorrect grammatically but some people use it when they apologize for being late.

    Do I [get] have it wrong?
    Kayoox,

    Since 'do' is used for routine, habitual, always type situation we'd use 'have' in this situation. If you wanted to used 'get' then,

    "Did I get it wrong?"

    "I'm sorry to be late" is not ungrammatical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Kayoox,

    Since 'do' is used for routine, habitual, always type situation we'd use 'have' in this situation. If you wanted to used 'get' then,

    "Did I get it wrong?"

    "I'm sorry to be late" is not ungrammatical.
    riverkid,

    Thank you for your correction.
    I was able to learn more.

    If I want to apologize for being late, I can say both "I'm sorry I'm late" and "I'm sorry to be late."
    And the former is more common.
    Did I get it right this time?
    Last edited by kayoox; 24-Sep-2007 at 22:06.

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    Default Re: sorry I'm late or sorry to be late?

    Quote Originally Posted by kayoox View Post
    riverkid,

    Thank you for your correction.
    I was able to learn more.

    You're welcome, K.

    If I want to apologize for being late, I can say both "I'm sorry I'm late" and "I'm sorry to be late."
    And the former is more common.
    Did I get it right this time?
    I really don't know which would be more common. Why not try a google "exact phrase" search? That could give you an indication.

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