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    Sorry to have done sth

    Hello.

    A fellow colleague once said, 'Sorry to have assigned that issue to you' which confuses me a little as I am used to these forms 'Sorry for doing sth' or 'Sorry that I did sth'. Is that correct English?

    By the way, when I see the second option it is often not easy to me to find out which tense is used, i.e.
    'Sorry for doing that' could mean 'Sorry that I did that' or 'Sorry that I am doing that', etc...

    If you could, please correct any mistakes you might find in the post.

    Thank you very much.
    Alex.

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    Re: Sorry to have done sth

    Hi Alex,

    While you're waiting for a reply from a native speaker, I'll quote from "Practical English Usage":
    Sorry for/about + ing is used to refer to past things one regrets. (that-clauses are also very common in an informal style).
    Sorry+ perfect infinitive (more formal) can be used with the same meaning.
    I'm sorry to have woken you up = I'm sorry that I woke you up.
    Sorry+ infinitive is used to apologise for current situations - things that one is doing or going to do, or that one has just done.
    Last edited by Verona_82; 19-May-2012 at 10:22. Reason: spelling

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    Re: Sorry to have done sth

    Hi, Verona.

    Thank you for your answer, I think it will suffice.

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    Re: Sorry to have done sth

    Practical English Usage from Michael Swan published by Oxford is one of the best grammar books there are. It's like a learner's dictionary, except it's focused on grammar.

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