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    There's a short delay...

    I was wondering if the following is correct

    I am sorry that I'm late because there is a short delay of (?) the train due to the mulfunctioning of the system.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: There's a short delay...

    There are several problems with this sentence. The most important is the sequence of tenses. The problem with the train occurred in the past. Therefore you must say there was rather than there is. Secondly, it is unnatural to say there was a short delay of the train. We would naturally say my train was slightly late. Next, the use of because is inappropriate here. You should break it into two sentences. I am sorry to be late. My train was slightly late. There is no need to speculate on the reason that the train was late. Ordinarily passengers do not know the reason anyway.

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    Re: There's a short delay...

    And besides, the more you elaborate on the explanation, the more it will sound like a lame excuse.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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