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    Thanks a lot for your long letter in regards to feed back on the Workshop!

    --- Is it a correct sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hello

    Thanks a lot for your long letter in regards to feed back on the Workshop!

    --- Is it a correct sentence?
    Hi,
    I wouldn't write in regards to. I would write regarding the feed back on etc. ...
    I' m sure it is better english.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hello

    Thanks a lot for your long letter in regards to feed back on the Workshop!

    --- Is it a correct sentence?
    It's almost correct, but not quite.

    Thank you very much for your letter regarding __ feedback on the workshop!


    Thank you very much - This is better for business. The phrase "thanks a lot" is informal and may not be very suitable for business correspondence. It would depend on your relationship with the recipient of your communication and even the type of business you're in. So you could say "thanks a lot", but without any information, I'd recommend not using this phrase.

    workshop - I understand this workshop is very important, but we only capitalize names and titles. The word "workshop", as it stands alone, is not a name or a title.

    regarding - This simply sounds better than "in regards to".


    long letter - The reader might think you mean his letter was too long. Also, keep it short in business writing. It's not necessary to say that the letter was long.


    feedback - This is one word.


    __ feedback - Whose feedack is it or was it? I think "feedback" should be qualified, perhaps with a definite article, but one cannot be sure unless we know for sure whose feedback it is. We could say "the feedback", "your feedback". Maybe the feedback is from another person?
    Last edited by PROESL; 05-Sep-2009 at 21:03. Reason: edited for errors

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    Hello.

    It's not correct to say "in regards to" to mean "in regard to" or "with regard to"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    It's not correct to say "in regards to" to mean "in regard to" or "with regard to"?
    Both the singular form and the plural form sound like familiar expressions to me. It's hard to say why someone would choose one or the other - or what one might think is better style.

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    Hello.

    - in regard to something
    - with regard to something
    - in regards to something
    Do you use not only these phrases but "with regards to something"?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    - in regard to something
    - with regard to something
    - in regards to something
    Do you use not only these phrases but "with regards to something"?

    Thanks a lot.
    "In regards to" is incorrect, "with regards to" would also be incorrect..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "In regards to" is incorrect, "with regards to" would also be incorrect..
    I agree. I would likely use "in regard to", if I were to use this expression at all. However, I find it questionable, and perhaps somewhat arbitrary, that "as regards" is okay, but "in regards" and "with regards" are not okay.

    It is nonstandard, yes. But it certainly is interesting to see how many people use it. Just the same, we might like an explanation for why this is so. Here's a viewpoint that strays from what the dictionary maintains is standard. It's kind of interesting.

    In regard to…regards

    How far you go with proper usage depends on your perspective. For many people, nitpicking about regard or regards is not worth the bother. As long as their communication is clear, and contains no egregious usage errors, they will stick with what seems and/or sounds right. In The Art of Readable Writing, Rudolf Flesch would agree with this line of thinking. Here's what he has to say about usage:


    The point is that the rules of English usage are not immutable natural laws, but simply conventions among educated English-speaking people. If enough educated people insist on making a "mistake," then it isn't a mistake any more and the teachers might as well stop wasting their time correcting it.

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    regard: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    USAGE NOTE Regard is traditionally used in the singular in the phrase in regard (not in regards) to. Regarding and as regards are also standard in the sense “with reference to.” In the same sense with respect to is acceptable, but respecting is not. • Respects is sometimes considered preferable to regards in the sense of “particulars”: In some respects (not regards) the books are alike.

    In regard to Definition | Definition of In regard to at Dictionary.com

    Usage note:
    Although sometimes considered poor substitutes for about or concerning, the phrases as regards, in regard to, and with regard to are standard and occur in all varieties of spoken and written English, especially in business writing: As regards your letter of January 19. … In regards to, and with regards to are widely rejected as errors.

    Why are they widely rejected? What is the basis? And by the way, why do you suppose "as regards" is okay, but "in regards" is not?

    idioms:



    as regards
    1. Concerning.
    in (or with) regard to
    1. With respect to.

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    I would like to point out here Paul Brian's opinion:
    regard/regards

    Although it is very concise and mostly aimed at Americans,
    this site has become an interesting reference to me.
    Last edited by Abstract Idea; 07-Sep-2009 at 20:10. Reason: accepted suggested correction by PROESL's post below

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I would like to point out here Paul Brian's opinion:
    regard/regards

    Although it is very concise and mainly aimed to the American native speaker,
    this site has become an interesting reference to me.

    Yes, I've seen this site before, and I'd say it's mostly aimed at Americans.


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