People sometimes say:

Sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

Is it possible to say:

Sorry for any disturb this caused.

when I ask for a stranger for help by email?

Updated with more context:

I wanted to ask him do me a favor, but he hasn't replied for many days. I just need his help and since it's all about business, I decided to increase my bid (pay him more money) to negotiate again. And this is the email I am writing to do so.

  • Sorry to disturb you would work. Sorry to inconvenience you could work, too, because inconvenience can function as both a noun and a verb. In any case, I think it's best to avoid that noun form in this case, as @Maurice said in his answer.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 11:20

2 Answers 2


In English, if you're sending a follow up, especially on a request or a bid, the most common way to express yourself is to say: "Sorry to bother you, but" and then continue on with your inquiry.

And as Maulik V has noted, the noun for disturb is disturbance.

Best of luck!


The noun of 'disturb' is 'disturber' (out of this context though) or 'disturbance'


Sorry for any disturbance it caused

However, the context wherein you are asking a stranger for some help, there could be better options. And for this, more context is required.

But to address the main question, the noun of disturb, in such scene, is disturbance.


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