Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Unregistered

    "Sorry about/Sorry for"


    I've a doubt about the usage of the word "sorry".

    Sorry about something.
    Sorry for something.

    What is the correct sentence?



  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,035
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: "Sorry about/Sorry for"

    I'm sorry for hurting you.


    I'm sorry about John['s] hurting you/I'm sorry that John hurt you
    (note - you wouldn't say I'm sorry about my hurting you). You could say I'm sorry about hurting you, but I think that version is probably less common; to my ear it puts some emotional distance between me['I'] and you; I'm sorry for hurting you shows real regret/remorse, and 'about' in that context implies 'but I had to and I'd do it again in the same circumstances' - it's a 'political' sort of regret.

    Of course, there's another sort of 'sorry for', that isn't relevant to contexts with a gerund (such as the ones I've given): I'm sorry for you.


    Hi Everson. If you register (it's quick and free) you can get mail when your questions are answered in the Forum.
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Feb-2007 at 15:07. Reason: Added PS

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Aug-2006, 09:34
  2. "Born to"or"born for"?
    By DreamFounder in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Jun-2006, 03:13
  3. "the same went for"
    By lukre in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Mar-2006, 14:30
  4. Do u say, " Good luck "in or on or for" your
    By Helped Wanted in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 30-Mar-2004, 16:32


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts