Angel A
Does the word ``but`` is well used in this message that someone sent me? Someone told me ``sorry for not answering, but I was at work that time until 11 PM´´ I think this person shouldn't say ``but´´ in this context. I've seen many messages like this before and I want to know whether this is just an informal use of the word or a way to use it that I am unaware of.
Oct 5, 2019 8:54 PM
Answers · 5
The sentence is correct (I am) sorry for not answering, but I was at work until 11 The "but" separates two contradictory ideas, "I am sorry, but I should not be sorry because ...."
October 5, 2019
In colloquial English this is correct and it makes sense. Yes, technically, you don't have to use the "but," but in this context it's a simpler way of saying: "Sorry for not answering. The reason that I did not answer is because I was at work that time until 11PM." Using the "but" just makes the sentence easier and sound better. Also, the "but" helps soften the sentence. It's almost used as a combination of an explanation and an apology. Hope this helps. Good luck!
October 5, 2019
I wouldn't say so Angel, look at these examples: Sorry for having shouted but you should know how to report. Sorry for being late, but I'm... I'm sorry for staring, but it's quite amazing ...
October 5, 2019
I wouldn't say so Angel, look at these examples: Sorry for having shouted but you should know how to report. Sorry for being late, but I'm... I'm sorry for staring, but it's quite amazing ...
October 5, 2019
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Angel A
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English, Italian, Spanish
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