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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    sorry to arrive late

    Can one say:
    1-I am sorry to be late last night.
    instead of:
    1a-I am sorry to have been late last night.


    Can one say:
    2-I am sorry to arrive late last night.
    instead of:
    2a-I am sorry to have arrived late last night.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    onlineeslclasses is offline Newbie
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    Re: sorry to arrive late

    This would sound better:
    1- I'm sorry I was late last night.

    2- I'm sorry I arrived late last night.

    I know this is a little confusing...as you are trying to use 2 different verbs and it makes the sentence rather complex. This is a way to simplify it and make it more readable.

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