While reading a letter I found the sender wrote, "I hope you will forgive me for being so thoughtless.
If I rewrite it, should it look like,
- "I hope you will forgive me because I was so thoughtless."
- "I hope you will forgive me because what I did is wrong."
I was just wondering the part of the expression, for being so thoughtless; is that a present continuous tense! Not sure about the grammatical format.