I have to write a formal (but not too formal) email to my colleague. I've sent to him a document with the wrong format and he asked me to make some changes on it. I would like to say something similar to the following sentence that I found :

I have made the adjustment and apologize for the inconvenience for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Can I use just "for the inconvenience" without "this may have caused you" like the following , without specify "the consequence"

I have made the adjustment that you requested and apologize for the inconvenience. Please find attached a new updated version of the document.

  • Though you might consider that this phrase is used so often nowadays that it almost becomes meaningless (as far as whether you are really sorry or not).
    – user3169
    Aug 18, 2016 at 16:53
  • Right up there with We are experiencing higher than normal call volumes and Your message is important to us. Aug 19, 2016 at 3:08

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The most widely used (but somewhat informal) form of words is probably

... apologize for the inconvenience.

If you want to be completely formal and add this may have caused you, it is normal to replace the by any, like this:

It is unusual for this type of error to arise and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. - 300_ successful business letters

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