Apologize for in reported speech

nboutahar1

Member
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Hi,
Could anyone please tell me how we can report this sentence:
"I'm sorry, I broke your pen."
Is it:
1. Ann apologized for breaking the pen.
or
2. Ann apologized for having broken the pen.
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Both (1) and (2) are correct.

    (1) suggests Ann said this at the time she broke the pen.
    (2) suggests Ann broke the pen some time before the apology.
     
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