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    #1

    regretted to have bothered him/tenses

    Can one say:
    1-I was sorry to bother him the night before.
    instead of:
    2-I was sorry to have bothered him the night before.


    Can one say:
    3-I regretted to bother him the night before.
    instead of:
    4-I regretted to have bothered him the night before.


    Can one say:
    5-I was ashamed to bother him the night before.
    instead of:
    6-I was ashamed to have bothered him the night before.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: regretted to have bothered him/tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one say:
    1-I was sorry to bother him the night before.
    instead of:
    2-I was sorry to have bothered him the night before.


    Can one say:
    3-I regretted to bother him the night before.
    instead of:
    4-I regretted to have bothered him the night before.


    Can one say:
    5-I was ashamed to bother him the night before.
    instead of:
    6-I was ashamed to have bothered him the night before.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    We don't follow "to regret" in the past tense with the infinitive. "I regretted bothering him the night before" or "I regretted having bothered him the night before".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Sep-2012 at 02:16. Reason: Extra info
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: regretted to have bothered him/tenses

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    I don't have a strong sense of right vs wrong with the examples you gave- both statements in each pair sound ok to me. Also, while I agree with emsr2d2 about regret not usually being used with an infinitive, there are a few notable exceptions, like "I regret to say that" and "we regret to inform you that," both of which are pretty common. It seems to me that these expressions don't sound right in any tense except the present.

    Raphey

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    Re: regretted to have bothered him/tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by raphey View Post
    ***Not a teacher***

    I don't have a strong sense of right vs wrong with the examples you gave- both statements in each pair sound ok to me. Also, while I agree with emsr2d2 about regret not usually being used with an infinitive, there are a few notable exceptions, like "I regret to say that" and "we regret to inform you that," both of which are pretty common. It seems to me that these expressions don't sound right in any tense except the present.

    Raphey
    Thanks and you are right, of course. I have edited to my post to show that I meant that we don't follow it with the infinitive when we are using the past tense for "regret".
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    Re: regretted to have bothered him/tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by raphey View Post
    ***Not a teacher***

    Welcome to the forums, Raphey. Your first post was a very useful contribution.

    Please edit your profile, as you appear to be both a teacher and not a teacher.

    Thank you.

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    Re: regretted to have bothered him/tenses

    Thank you all very much and welcome to the forum Raphey.

    I am not sure that i have understood how this works. Would you say these sentences are OK.

    A-I am sorry to bother John last night.
    B-I am ashamed to bother John last night.

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    Navi.

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    'I am sorry I bothered John last night.'

    'I am ashamed to have bothered John last night.'

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