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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

    The situation is, I phone somebody in his evening and I feel sorry because it's late.
    In my mother language, there's an expression like, "Sorry for causing you to sleep late" or "Sorry for affecting your rest". These sentences mean if I don't call he could go to bed early.
    If I put such sentences directly into English, I think they sound weird. Is there a better way or native expression to say the same thing?
    Thank you so much!
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    #2

    Re: cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

    Welcome back after your break of three years and eight month, sum.

    Quote Originally Posted by sum41111 View Post
    The situation is, I phone somebody in the evening and I feel sorry because it's late.

    In my mother native language, there's an expression like, "Sorry for causing you to sleep late" or "Sorry for affecting your rest". These sentences mean if I don't call he could go to bed early.

    If I put such sentences directly into English, I think they sound weird. Is there a better way or more natural expression to say the same thing?
    I'm sorry to call so late ...

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    #3

    Re: cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

    Hope I didn't wake you.

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    #4

    Re: cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

    Note that you can say "mother tongue" or "native language" but you can't mix up the terms.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

    I'm sorry for the lateness of the call could be a slightly more formal way of saying it.

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