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What would be a right context corresponding to each meaning below?

  1. Sorry for my laugh.
  2. Sorry for my laughs.
  3. Sorry for my laughing.
  • +1. I'm still thinking of contexts. But what I can come up quickly with is singular 'laugh', plural 'laughs' (for various occasions as 'laugh' is countable), and 'laughing' to denote some recent or ongoing activity. – Maulik V May 21 '15 at 8:07
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    I'd go for sorry for laughing. It clearly implies that it was the speaker that laughed, so you don't need to stress the possessive with my. – oerkelens May 21 '15 at 8:12
  • what if the speaker is referring to the past event and want to precisely say that he was sorry for his laughs, forget others. @oerkelens (and welcome back!) – Maulik V May 21 '15 at 8:15
  • Then he would have to specify which "laughs" he means. Most likely, this would take the form of "[I'm] sorry {for laughing/[that] I laughed} when you {said x/did y}." – Brian Hitchcock May 21 '15 at 8:22
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    Actually, if it is not laughing I want to apologize for, you would do the same thing: sorry for killing your beetle. You wouldn't (or shouldn't) usually try to use a noun there: sorry for my beetle kill (very awkward) although possible, quite formally, you could say sorry for my killing your beetle. Sorry for killing your beetle is more usual. – oerkelens May 21 '15 at 8:26
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@starsplusplus said:

I might be able to come up with one or two, but they would be pretty contrived.

@Joe Kim said:

If you don't mind, even if they won't be natural, can you give the examples for the other two, so that I can sense what is going on with the others. Thanks.

Sorry for my laugh. I have a throat injury. It makes my voice sound strange, and it makes my laugh sound like water gurgling down the drain.


I recorded sounds for your video game character. I made a few grunting sounds for when the character jumps, and I think those sound great. I also made a few humming sounds for when the character is talking, and those sound OK. The laughing sounds I recorded didn't come out as well as I wanted, and maybe you can't use those files. Sorry for my laughs.

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There isn't one. Or, at least, I might be able to come up with one or two, but they would be pretty contrived.

In almost all situations, Sorry for laughing would sound much more natural than any of the sentences you gave.

For example:

  1. "Hi Bob, sorry for laughing at you in the meeting earlier. It wasn't appropriate."

  2. Joe and Bob walk down the street. Joe slips on a banana peel and lands awkwardly. Bob laughs, then when it is clear his friend is in pain, he says: "Are you okay? Sorry for laughing, it's just you looked really funny!"

  3. "Sorry for laughing when you told me about your adventures, Alice."

Alternatively, particularly if you are talking about a past event or are going to supply more context, you could say Sorry that I laughed.

e.g.

  • Sorry that I laughed when you told me your grandma died
  • Sorry that I laughed during your speech. I thought you were making a joke.
  • Sorry that I laughed at you on Friday. I didn't realise you were feeling so scared.

etc.

  • If you don't mind, even if they won't be natural, can you give the examples for the other two, so that I can sense what is going on with the others. Thanks. – Joe Kim May 21 '15 at 16:21

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