accept apologies that

Annakrutitskaya

Senior Member
Russian
Dear Native Speaker,

Writing an answer to an email, I was stuck at this phrase "Please, accept my apologies that you had to spend your time looking into my report". It seems that it sounds not correct, doesn't it? I wanted to say that I am sorry that a person had to spend his time reading and analyzing my report which was forwarded to him by mistake.
Does it reflect the meaning and looks grammatically correct and official accept my apologies that you had to spend?


Thank you very much for your help!
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I couldn't talk of apologies that you had to do something.

    One could say apologies for causing you to do something.

    We say I'm sorry that... but not I apologize that... - I apologize for doing something is fine.

    I don't see why you avoid the simple and direct I'm sorry that you had to spend etc.
     

    Annakrutitskaya

    Senior Member
    Russian
    I couldn't talk of apologies that you had to do something.

    One could say apologies for causing you to do something.

    We say I'm sorry that... but not I apologize that... - I apologize for doing something is fine.

    I don't see why you avoid the simple and direct I'm sorry that you had to spend etc.
    Thank you very much! I just thought that "I'm sorry that you had to spend time..." sounds not formal enough. Would you write that in a very formal mail?
     
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