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    Sorry to do something/ Sorry for doing something

    Is there any difference between the following examples?

    1) Sorry to bother you.
    2) Sorry for bothering you.

    I think that the former means "I am sorry that I have to bother you " and refers to a present situation whereas the latter means "I am sorry for having bothered you"/ "I am sorry that I bothered you" and refers to a past event. However,I also read that 2) can refer to both a past and present situation.

    Is my interpretation quite right?
    Last edited by Crowned 91; 08-Jul-2014 at 12:17.

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    Re: Sorry to do something/ Sorry for doing something

    You're right. 2 could be present, but for bothering that has just taken place, while the 1 is for bothering that is about to take place.


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