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    Default "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    Should I use "regarding something" or "regarding to something"?

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    In 90% of the cases, "regarding"

    e.g. "Regarding your request, I shall answer you tomorrow"

    Amazingly, there's a great number of hits in Google. I would actually consider "Regarding to your request" ungrammatical but there's 1-2 hits in British National Corpus, so I might be wrong. However, in both cases the speaker's country of origin is unknown, which probably means they're not native speakers.

    Don't confuse "regarding to" with "regard to". This is frequently used, as in this sentence:
    "He's crossed the Rubicon with regard to the use of military force as an option."

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    Perhaps "regarding to your request" is grammatical in some dialect, e.g. AmE?? Some native American speaker could enlighten us..

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner View Post
    In 90% of the cases, "regarding"

    e.g. "Regarding your request, I shall answer you tomorrow"

    Amazingly, there's a great number of hits in Google. I would actually consider "Regarding to your request" ungrammatical but there's 1-2 hits in British National Corpus, so I might be wrong. However, in both cases the speaker's country of origin is unknown, which probably means they're not native speakers.

    Don't confuse "regarding to" with "regard to". This is frequently used, as in this sentence:
    "He's crossed the Rubicon with regard to the use of military force as an option."

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    Perhaps "regarding to your request" is grammatical in some dialect, e.g. AmE?? Some native American speaker could enlighten us..
    No, that is not grammatical in American English either. So the BNC has problems simlar to Google's, eh?

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Should I use "regarding something" or "regarding to something"?
    "Regarding something"
    "With regard to something"
    and
    "As regards something"

    are all fine. There is a (in my view, lamentable) tendency for many native speakers to confuse these last two, and say "With regards to something". I regard it as A Bad Thing, but it's happening.

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    I would actually consider "Regarding to your request" ungrammatical but there's 1-2 hits in British National Corpus, so I might be wrong.
    No, I think you're right, Mariner: in standard BrE, it would be ungrammatical.

    The second of the examples in the BNC comes from a Leeds Utd email:

    "...goals in 12 matches in England is not at all impressive; the chances keep coming all the time in games over here". So too bad that Wilko would not give the guy a real chance --; specially regarding to the stuff that that Wilko spoke when Frank signed. Well --; i wish Frank good luck and i --;really--; hope he keeps them goals coming down in Spain too give Wilko some sleepless nights … What a week: Batts..."

    There are 5 non-standard phrases in this short text; though some of them may be due to hasty typing (e.g. #2 and #5).

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    So no native speakers would say "regarding to"?
    Last edited by dihen; 08-Oct-2006 at 04:14.

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    'No native speakers;' might be an overstatement, but very few.

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    So no native speakers would say "regarding to"?
    How about, "No native speakers should...."

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    How about, "No native speakers should...."
    Why? What would that mean there?, "No native speakers are supposed to...."?
    Last edited by dihen; 08-Oct-2006 at 17:13.

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    Default Re: "regarding" or "regarding to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Why? What would that mean there?, "No native speakers are supposed to...."?
    That would be a rough translation.

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