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    regret

    I regret damaging your book.

    I regret that I've damaged your book.

    I wonder if the second sentence is much better than the first ? Somehow I find it is not suitable to use the first as a ' gerund ' can be replaced by ' to+infinitive ', then it just sounds illogical.

    eg I regret to damage your book. Or I regret to have damaged your book.

    Both don't seem right to me from the logical point as I choose ' I regret that I've damaged your book ' myself.

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    Re:
    • I regret damaging your book.


    That is a perfectly good sentence.

    Re:
    • I regret that I've damaged your book.


    That one is also good. (The first one is, I think, more likely. Also more likely is: "I'm sorry I damaged your book.") You could also say: "I regret having damaged your book."

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    • I regret to damage your book.

    Or:
    • I regret to have damaged your book.


    Neither of those sentences is English in structure.

    (Say: "Neither seems right" or "Both are wrong", but you can't use "both" in the negative (with "not").)

    :)

    • I have no reason for regret.
      No, I'm not sorry--not yet.


    :)

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    #3
    Regret + infinitve is used when we aresorry before the action:

    I regret to say that yourapplication has been unsuccessful.

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    #4
    Hmm, now the ' regret ' has become crystal clear to me :) Thanks

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