Which of the two sentences is correct?

I sent an email to apologize


I sent an email for apologizing

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    Not sure of the exact grammatical reason, but 'to' is correct here. Jun 20, 2015 at 16:46
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    You apologize for having done something or for neglecting to do something: I apologize for forgetting to wake you up. Jun 20, 2015 at 17:14
  • I think both to and for construction are acceptable generally. But in this case for construction doesn't sound good. Another thing, you have to include a recipient. I would prefer the to version in this case, but that is a personal choice - "I sent him an email to apologize." Or "I sent him a letter of apology". Example with for construction - "This is at this time I have sent him a letter for inviting in Reunion Island. " Jun 20, 2015 at 17:17
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    possible duplicate of 'I have decided to purchase a jet for getting to NYC and back more quickly.'
    – user6951
    Jun 20, 2015 at 20:26
  • The verb apologize doesn't determine the form here.
    – user230
    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:26

1 Answer 1


These two are your best options

I sent an email to apologize for (insert relevant circumstances)


I sent an email apologizing for (insert relevant circumstances)

In the second example, you simply need to change the position of "apologizing" and "for"

  • I think the answer could be expanded beyond just apologize. I can't think of a situation where "I sent an email for <gerund>" would work. "
    – ColleenV
    Jun 20, 2015 at 19:21
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    I sent him an email for editing. Or for recommending.
    – Adam
    Jun 20, 2015 at 20:07
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    I think the context will determine what construction we need to use.
    – gelolopez
    Jun 20, 2015 at 20:32

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