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.
Originally Posted by bhaisahab
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. "with regards to" - Google Search=
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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.
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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?
in (or with) regard to
- With respect to.