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    regret + gerund or infinitive

    Dear teachers,

    When do you use the gerund and when do you use the infinitive after the verb "regret"?

    examples:

    1) I regret to tell you that you order has been cancelled. = regret about a present (or future) action ? polite statement ?

    2) I regretted to have told you that... = possible?
    Would you please give me an example with the perfect infinitive?

    3) I regretted having told you that your order had been cancelled. = a regret about a past action ?

    Thanks a lot,
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    Re: regret + gerund or infinitive

    The infinitive expresses an unrealized event e.g., I regret to tell you. . . I am about to tell you. I haven't yet.

    The present participle expresses an event that has been realized e.g., I regret telling you. I told you before.

    Perfective infinitive example? Hmm. Seems awkward: past connected to an unrealized event. If it works, let me know. I for one can't think of an example at the moment.

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    Re: regret + gerund or infinitive

    so a sentence with "regret" + perfective infinitive is not English, is it.

    What do you call this "tense" by the way : "HAVING WRITTEN a letter" ?

    Tank you, Casiopea

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    Re: regret + gerund or infinitive

    Gee, I couldn't say for sure, Hela. Like I said, I can't think of an example at this late hour, which isn't to say one doesn't exist, you know?

    Seems as if it's a present participle, no?

    Max, having written a letter, . . .

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    Re: regret + gerund or infinitive

    It's 10:15 in Tunisia, what time is it in Japan, Casiopea ?

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    Re: regret + gerund or infinitive

    Same. <smiles>

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    Re: regret + gerund or infinitive

    Sorry I meant 15:40 in Tunisia, what about Japan ?

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    gerund Vs infinitive

    Are there a rule for:

    when should we use infinitive, when gerund and when verb in base form?

    Ex. I regret to tell you your mother is sick
    I regret arguing with my mother this morning
    I must wear a uniform

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