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    #1

    Arrow Hello

    Some one says that :
    ( I am sorry , I am late) ......We use this structure If It is my habit to come late.
    And
    ( I am sorry for being late) ......We use this structure if it is the first time to come late.

    It's true or not?!!!!!!!!

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    #2

    Re: Hello

    Welcome to the forum.

    Your profile says you are an English teacher. Is that correct?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Hello

    Quote Originally Posted by zomazoma00 View Post
    It's true or not?
    No- you could use the first for a single instance and the second for repeated lateness.

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    #4

    Re: Hello

    Quote Originally Posted by zomazoma00 View Post
    Some one says that :
    ( I am sorry , I am late) ......We use this structure If It is my habit to come late.
    And
    ( I am sorry for being late) ......We use this structure if it is the first time to come late.

    It's true or not?!!!!!!!!
    Welcome to Using English.

    I'd like to point out a few things that would improve your experience here.
    First, give your thread a good title. "Hello" (or "Question" or "grammar!" or "confusion!") is not a good title. "I am later" or "Sorry for being late" would be good titles.

    Second, use conventional punctuation. You show quoted words by using quotation marks. "I am sorry" not ( I am sorry ). The random number of dots is not any recognized form of punctuation. One question mark is all that is needed.

    Lastly, "true" and "correct" are not the same word. Something might be true but incorrect. ("I be 47 year old," for example.) Somehing might be grammatically correct, but not true ("I am 23 years old," for example.)

    Don't use a comma to join two sentences. I am sorry. I am late.

    I hope you will find this forum useful, but please help us to help you better.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: Hello

    And when it is appropriate to use commas, you put one space after the comma and no spaces before it.

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