I'm sorry <to have missed><for having missed> your call.

bigdipper

Member
Korean - Korea
I'm sorry to have missed your call.
I'm sorry for having missed your call.


Is there any difference in meaning?
Do you usually use "-ing" form when aplogizing about something happened in the past?
 
  • bennymix

    Senior Member
    "I'm sorry for having missed your call. "

    To me there is a suggestion of distance between the speaker's acts and the 'missing.' If I was in California on a trip when the call came to my New York office, I might later say that. I would not go so far as to say that I made to trip to avoid the call, BUT the phrasing suggests further a lack of regret, or maybe "It couldn't be helped." Hence the 'sorry' is perhaps, pro forma, a routine phrase that's part of "Let's get on with other things."
     

    taraa

    Senior Member
    Persian
    "I'm sorry for having missed your call. "

    To me there is a suggestion of distance between the speaker's acts and the 'missing.' If I was in California on a trip when the call came to my New York office, I might later say that. I would not go so far as to say that I made to trip to avoid the call, BUT the phrasing suggests further a lack of regret, or maybe "It couldn't be helped." Hence the 'sorry' is perhaps, pro forma, a routine phrase that's part of "Let's get on with other things."
    Thank you very much :)
     
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