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    I am so sorry

    Your words are really, really helpful. Thank you so much.
    May I trouble you with another problem:
    1. I am so sorry for being late. ("for" here as a preposition)
    2. I am so sorry for my being late. ("for" here as a preposition)
    3. I am so sorry for I am late. ("for" here as a conjunction)
    Sir, do you think above-mentioned three sentences all work well? Or, there is a best one?

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    #2

    Re: "stand in my way" or "stand in the way of my"

    The first is right; the 2nd is stilted; the third is wrong.

    If you'd like further explanation, please start a new thread. (And in future always start a new thread for a new question. Thanks .)

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    Re: "stand in my way" or "stand in the way of my"

    I have moved these posts to a separate thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I am so sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    Your words are really, really helpful. Thank you so much.
    May I trouble you with another problem:

    1. I am so sorry for being late. ("for" here as a preposition)
    2. I am so sorry for my being late. ("for" here as a preposition)
    3. I am so sorry for I am late. ("for" here as a conjunction)

    Sir, Do you think above-mentioned three sentences all work well? Or, there is a best one? Is one of them better than all the others? Can you think of a better one?
    3 would only work in a very old-fashioned piece where "for" means because.

    "I am so sorry - for I am late".

    Don't use it in modern English that way.

    Note my corrections above in red. Please don't refer to everyone here as "Sir". It excludes all our female members.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: "stand in my way" or "stand in the way of my"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The first is right; the 2nd is stilted; the third is wrong.

    If you'd like further explanation, please start a new thread. (And in future always start a new thread for a new question. Thanks .)

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    Thank you so much.
    I got your suggestion.

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    #6

    Re: I am so sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    3 would only work in a very old-fashioned piece where "for" means because.

    "I am so sorry - for I am late".

    Don't use it in modern English that way.

    Note my corrections above in red. Please don't refer to everyone here as "Sir". It excludes all our female members.
    Deep thanks to you and so sorry for my carelessness.
    In China, students are often taught that "for" (as a conjunction) could be used like "because" to state the reasons.

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    #7

    Re: I am so sorry

    Do you mean this definition http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/for_2 ?

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    #8

    Re: I am so sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    In China, students are often taught that "for" (as a conjunction) could be used like "because" to state the reasons.
    It can, but it is dated.

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    #9

    Re: I am so sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is dated.
    I always remember the following sentence as an example of the correct use of "for":

    "When I arrived home, I realized that someone had broken in while I was gone, for the door was wide open."

    Should I use "because" instead?


    Thank you,


    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 09-Dec-2014 at 12:47. Reason: Pronoun choice.

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    Re: I am so sorry

    I would use "because" there. As I said in a previous post and Tdol verified,"for" is dated.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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