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sorry for the trouble vs sorry for all the trouble

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wei zhang, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. wei zhang New Member

    Chinese
    Is this a difference between
    Sorry for all the trouble
    Sorry for the trouble i have brought to you

    i want to tell the person i am sorry for the trouble for her.
    Thanks,
     
  2. kitenok Senior Member

    Hi wei zhang,

    "Sorry for all the trouble" would be a normal way to apologize casually for some small amount of trouble that you've caused for someone. If I go to a restaurant and order something unusual that takes a while to prepare and makes the staff have to do more work than usual, I might say "Sorry for all the trouble."

    "I'm sorry for all the trouble I have brought you" sounds to me like an apology for a much more long-standing and egregious offense. I would only say this to apologize for something I've done that has affected someone's life in a serious way.
     
  3. curlyboy20 Senior Member

    Lima, Peru.
    Peruvian Spanish.
    I don't think there is a major difference. I would say "Sorry for the trouble I caused you".
     
  4. wei zhang New Member

    Chinese
    Many thanks,
     

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