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How to say I may mislead you again:

  1. because of my poor English,
  2. in a good manner
  3. the responsibility is mine (no need to speak out, just let she surely know this).

i.e., I'm afraid of my poor English...

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    Btw, mislead is usually used as a synonym of deceive, but I'm sure any misunderstandings you might cause would be entirely unintentional. :)
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 21:10
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    I agree with @z7sg, I read that title "I may mislead you again", to mean "I may lie to you again".
    – Orbling
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 0:22
  • @z7sg Yes. unintentional :)
    – dodo
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 11:57

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In order to indicate all three in a single sentence, I would say:

I do apologise in advance if my poor English leads to any misunderstanding.

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  • F'x any experience in using that sentence? ;)
    – n0nChun
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 20:35
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    The 'do' is unnecessary and makes the sentence feel a bit awkward.
    – JCooper
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 21:06
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    @JCooper: Very common however, to increase the sincerity of the statement. Usually added in in front of apologise, sympathise, etc.
    – Orbling
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 0:21
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    It's downright charming when we hear the Brits use "do" like that, but to an American speaking to another American it would appear somewhat condescending or theatric.
    – HaL
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 0:34
  • I'd leave out "in advance" – it's unnecessary and an imposition. Commented May 5, 2012 at 3:18
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An alternative to using "apologize":

Please excuse my English.

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  • And if you were really rude "Excuse my French !" Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 20:56
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    @MrHen Thanks for another way to express this meaning. but the words is too little. I want she feel my sincerity.
    – dodo
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 12:00
  • @Alain: And if you were French, "Please excuse the English."
    – MrHen
    Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 19:14
  • If you want to say "please don't judge me based on my poor grammar, then "Please excuse my English" is nice shorthand. But it doesn't convey concern that the speaker may be misunderstood.
    – Amanda
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 18:20
  • @dodo, as long as you're working on your English, I think you want "her" to know you are sincere, rather than "she"
    – Amanda
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 18:22
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You could say "I apologize for any misunderstanding. I am still learning English."

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    no, that isn't a English website. it's a girl.
    – dodo
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 20:17
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    @dodo: eh? Who said anything about a website?
    – Marthaª
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 20:22
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    I'm not sure I understand that response, but it would make a great bumper sticker.
    – HaL
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 20:22
  • OMG ROFLMAO whatha
    – n0nChun
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 20:29
  • @Hal what does the 'bumper sticker' mean?
    – dodo
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 12:02
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How about:

I'm afraid my English didn't serve me well. I promise I will work hard on it (e.g. I will be reading EL&U every day).

And, for good measure, just add:

Please let me know if it ever happens again...

One never knows...

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  • +1 Girls like 'promise'. and your expression looks like very sincerity.
    – dodo
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 12:04
  • what's EL&S ?..
    – dodo
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 12:05
  • @dodo I think he meant EL&U: English Language and Usage. The wee one is typo prone ;)
    – Uticensis
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 14:38
  • Thx @Billare, as usual you can read my mind. Yes that's EL&U, this forum. @dodo after "Please let me know if it ever happens again...", pause, then "The last thing I want is to hurt you.", pause, "Believe me". And you're forgiven till next time. Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 17:01
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I will tell him "I am not good at English, I will try my best to guide you" or "I am sorry if you find my english unhelpful"

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    Did you possibly mean "unhelpful" rather than "uninteresting"? Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 19:31

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