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the "for" should be followed by an arbitrarily long and complicated sentence like:

Thank you for waiting for me after the football match!


Sorry for spilling my drink on the carpet that you got for your birthday.

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Doesn't answer your question exactly but you might find my answer here interesting: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/12445/… :) – Ash Aug 11 '13 at 17:18
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Use the て form.



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Informally, it's usually, ~てくれてありがとう and ~てごめん(なさい).


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