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    Default I am still confused with my question ~~

    Dear all

    Sorry, I know some of the expert had already explained this topic, but I still dont know the usage and the difference in meaning of the following Pattern. is their meaning the same? if no, can anyone tell me the difference in particular word pattern

    Regret (verb)
    with regret (prep + noun)
    regretful (adj)

    It was also with regret that we note the damage of your checked baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong

    I am regretful that we note the damage of your checked baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong

    I regretted that we note the damage of your checked baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong

    hope (verb)
    hopeful (adj)
    with hope (noun)

    We are hopeful that the restriction will be lifted in coming weeks

    we hope that the restriction will be lifted in coming weeks


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    Default Re: I am still confused with my question ~~

    Quote Originally Posted by knowwhat View Post
    Dear all
    Sorry, I know some of the experts (have) already explained , but I still don't understand the usage and the difference in meaning of the following pattern(phrases ?). Is their meaning the same? If not, can anyone tell me the difference between the phrases given below

    Regret (verb)
    with regret (prep + noun)
    regretful (adj)

    It was also with deep regret that we noted the damage of/to your checked-in (?) baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong

    I am regretful that we note the damage of your checked baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong
    Better: (almost a set phrase)


    We/ I regretfully (adverb) noted the damage to your...

    I regretted that we note the damage of your checked baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong
    better yet : (you will have to make up your mind whether it's "I" or "we" as the subjects should agree)

    We deeply regret the damage to....

    All of these sentences convey exactly the same meaning.
    hope (verb)

    hopeful (adj)
    with hope (noun)

    We are hopeful that the restrictions will be lifted over the next few weeks.

    We hope that the restrictions will be lifted over the next few weeks.
    Both sentences mean exactly the same.
    hope this helps.
    beascarpetta

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    Default Re: I am still confused with my question ~~

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post

    All of these sentences convey exactly the same meaning.


    There is a difference between noting something with regret, and being regretful that one has noted it.
    The first means that they are sorry about the damage.
    The second means they are sorry that they noticed it.
    So the connotations aren't exactly the same.

    We deeply regret the damage to...."
    means the former.

    The following choices could mean the latter (in varying degrees).
    "We/ I regretfully noted the damage to your..."
    "It was also with deep regret that we noted the damage of/to your checked-in (?) baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong"
    especially:
    "I am regretful that we note the damage of your checked baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong",
    "I regretted that we note the damage of your checked baggage upon arrival in Hong Kong"




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