Excuse my being late?


#1

How common is the phrase ‘excuse my being late’? I would say ‘sorry for being late’ instead. Many thanks, Torsten[YSaerTTEW443543]

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#2

Rare unless it is very formal for specific reasons.


#3

The most informal expression would be - Sorry I’m late, which you would say among friends/family. I would certainly not say that ‘excuse my being late’ is rare and very formal. I would say it was something you would say if you were arriving late at a meeting, for example. This is simply said out of politeness.


#4

Anglophile / Alan,
‘Sorry for being late.’
Can I use this phrase instead of ‘Sorry I’m late.’
Please comment.
Thanks.


#5

Yes. It changes the emphasis, but is an acceptable substitution.


#6

How about ‘I must apologize for being late’?


#7

It is very polite and formal.