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    Exclamation apologize and complain

    hello there

    About "apologize" and "complain",
    Are both phrases grammatically correct?

    (1)
    apologize to him for being rude
    apologize for being rude to him

    (2)
    complain to you of his rudeness
    complain of his rudeness to you

    Please help me!

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    Re: apologize and complain

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    hello there

    About "apologize" and "complain",
    Are both phrases grammatically correct?

    (1)
    apologize to him for being rude
    apologize for being rude to him

    (2)
    complain to you of his rudeness
    complain of his rudeness to you

    Please help me!
    You probably should use sentences rather than phrases. It's often impossible to say that a phrase is correct or not.
    However:
    1) These are both correct. The second is ambiguous (See below)
    I will apologize to him for being rude
    I will apologize for being rude to him
    2) These are both alright, but "about" is better.
    The second is ambiguous. It could mean the same as the first, or it could mean: I want to complain to someone else about his being rude to you.
    I want to complain to you of about his rudeness
    I want to complain of about his rudeness to you

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