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I always see an ending sentence (and some derivatives) on letters like these:

1. Sorry for the inconvenience.
2. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
3. Sorry for the inconvenience that may have caused to you.

Are these all correct? Is No.2 the best one?

In sentence (3), does it sound proper? I guess it says: I don't think you would have any problem to the mistake made or does it matter at all, but just in case that it causes you any inconvenience, I am sorry for that. Is my interpretation correct?

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1. Sorry for the inconvenience.
2. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
3. Sorry for the inconvenience that may have caused to you.

Sentences 1) and 2) are correct. Sentence 3) is not correct as is; you would have to say: 'Sorry for the inconvenience that may have been caused to you.

Sentence 1) is very impersonal. It could be on a sign in an area of construction. Sentence 2) is OK, but also impersonal. Sentence 3) (with 'been') is OK for a letter if you want to make it personal. You could also say, as an alternate to sentence 3):

  • We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused / may cause (you).
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