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    apologising

    If it has been a while since you wrote someone a letter, could you say:

    I am sorry for not letting you hear from me for a long time.

    If not, why isn't this correct grammar?

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    Re: apologising

    No, it sounds like you have done something active like deleting her from your 'send' list. Have you done anything to prevent her reading your communications apart from not sending any?

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    Re: apologising

    The grammar is correct, but the sentence isn't natural. Replace letting you hear from me with writing. You can donate the four words you've saved to the charity of your choice.
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    Re: apologising

    No, not having done anything active. I haven't done anything apart from not sending anything. Perhaps the following makes more sense?

    I am sorry that you didn't hear from me sooner.

    This maybe instead of replacing letting you hear from me with writing?

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    Re: apologising

    Quote Originally Posted by bridge78 View Post
    No, not having done anything active. I haven't done anything apart from not sending anything. Perhaps the following makes more sense?

    I am sorry that you didn't hear from me sooner.

    This maybe instead of replacing letting you hear from me with writing?
    It sounds like you're dodging responsibility for failing to write. To accept responsibility, say I'm sorry I didn't write sooner.
    I am not a teacher.

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