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I recently had a dilemma regarding this. While the above sentence sounds okay to my ears, "I hope this does not cause any inconvenience to you" sounds more grammatically correct. Which one is correct?

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Both are perfect English. Style difference only. If you're speaking it, I'd use doesn't. My choice would be the first one because it's shorter and doesn't turn a perfectly good verb, inconvenience, into a noun that requires a vaguer more generic verb, cause.

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Your sentence is perfectly fine and a recognized use. "Inconvenience" is a verb as well as a noun.

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