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However as I stood to go, I heard the words, sorry for keeping you waiting

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However as I stood to go, I heard the words, "sorry'' for keeping you waiting.
asked Aug 18 '11 at 13:26 John O'Hanlon New member

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I would use either:

 

However as I stood to go, I heard the words, "sorry for keeping you waiting."

 

or (if you want to emphasise the word "sorry"):

 

However as I stood to go, I heard the words, "'sorry' for keeping you waiting."

 

That's, of course American English. British English might be more like:

 

However as I stood to go, I heard the words, '"sorry" for keeping you waiting'.

 

Reverse the double and single quotation marks and put the period outside the quotes, I think, for British.

 

In critiquing mode (sorry, I can't help myself), I would rewrite this:

 

As I stood to go I heard, "sorry for keeping you waiting." (You might really need "However," depending on the context, but probably not. It's a slow word.)

link comment answered Aug 18 '11 at 15:48 Joe Douglas Trent Contributor

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