Discussion in 'English Only' started by munawer hussain, Jun 10, 2011.
usage of "being"
Is my sentence correct?
"Sorry for being late reply"
I don't know what you're trying to say so I can't offer any help.
No, it's not correct. Can you please explain the context? Then we will be able to suggest a better wording.
Do you mean "sorry to be replying late"? Or "sorry for the late reply"?
I think he means "sorry for being so late in replying." Too verbose.
Yes, i mean to say that, "sorry to be replying late"? Or "sorry for the late reply"?
So can i write? like " Sorry for being late reply"
No, you cannot, which is why people were unsure of what you meant, and offered you correct alternatives. Your sentence, if it means anything at all, is stating that you yourself are the "reply", and you regret that fact.
(And you might also note that the first person singular pronoun in English is never, never, never spelled as i, but must always, always, always be written with a capital letter as I.)
"Sorry to be replying so late".
"Sorry for the late reply."
"Sorry for being late reply.
I thank you of the senior member to guide me.
My friends had congratulated me on my birthday last year and because of not having access to FB, I couldn't have replied them. This year I thanked them for the last years' congratulations.
I used these sentences. Are they all correct?
1. Sorry for delay
2. Sorry for the delay
3. Sorry for the late reply
4. Sorry for being late to reply.
5. Sorry for replying late
Either (2) or (3) would work, and probably (5) as well. The other two are understandable, though, and given the general standard of English on Facebook, I really wouldn't worry too much about it.
Thanks a lot
About number 1, I can say that I have omitted the article "the", so it is not grammatically correct.
What makes number 4 not being grammatically correct?
It's more idiomatic and usual to say "Sorry for being late in replying".
Thanks a ton
Separate names with a comma.