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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Cool regret

    Hello!

    What is the right tense after "to regret"?

    -I regret to have said that?

    -I regret to go there?

    And by the way, would it be better to say "I'm regretting?"

    Thank you.

    W

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    Re: regret

    If you're are sorry after doing something, use a gerund:
    I regret saying that/having said that.
    If you're sorry before doing something (giving someone bad news, for example), use the infinitive:
    I regret to have to tell you that your application was unsuccessful.

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    Re: regret

    Thanks Tdol.

    "I regret" is better than "I'm regretting", isn't it?

    Thanks
    W

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    Re: regret

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Thanks Tdol.

    "I regret" is better than "I'm regretting", isn't it?

    Thanks
    W
    If you say "I am regretting having said something", it means that at the moment of speaking you are experiencing regret.

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