I am in the middle of constructing my email to my colleague and I am out of words on how to say "I'm sorry for such a bother".

Is there any other way of saying it politely?

  • ... regret the inconvenience? That's a bit too formal. – Kris May 14 '14 at 4:57
  • How will you say if you are making a follow-up of your email and then the sender will reply to you "i'm sorry for the late response. i will get back to you by tomorrow. i am quite busy today" ...is it appropriate to say, "it's alright and i will expect your response to my query by tomorrow. i'm sorry for such a bother." or is there any other words you can suggest? – user75134 May 14 '14 at 9:50
  • I learned a phrase from a Amazon customer service representative: "sorry for the hassle". May it help. – Lerner Zhang Aug 20 '18 at 1:41

"I apologise for the inconvenience".


"I'm (so) sorry. I didn't mean to be such a bother."


"I am sorry for having bothered you".

"I am sorry for having disturbed you".


Some other possibilities:

  • I am really sorry for having troubled you so much.
  • I feel sorry for disturbing you and interrupting your routine.
  • I am really sorry for bothering you a lot, thus eating up much of your time.

Sorry to bother you but please could you help me with this email.


"Excuse me" (appropriately voiced) is one way to say it. "Please excuse me" another.

Example: You accidentally bumped into someone. Before she has a chance to get too upset, saying "Excuse me" usually indicates that you are aware that you caused offense, and that you are at least somewhat apologetic for the offense.

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