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    #1

    I'm sorry for being late for five minutes.

    Hi,

    Are these sentences correct?

    1: I'm sorry for being late for five minutes.
    2: I'm sorry for being five minutes late.

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    #2

    Re: I'm sorry for being late for five minutes.

    2. is correct. The first is not very natural.

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    #3

    Re: I'm sorry for being late for five minutes.

    1 is incorrect. People aren't late "for" a period of time (unless you're talking about a habitual action).

    I'm sorry for being late by five minutes.
    I'm sorry for being five minutes late.

    If you want to use "for", it would be something like:

    He was late every day for six months.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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