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    #1

    Talking rewrite

    Dear teacher

    1. If you don't take a taxi, you will miss your train
    2. I regret I didn't listen to my father's advice
    Can I rewrite:
    1. You'd better take a taxi if you don't want to miss your train
    2. I regret not listening to my father's advice
    ??????

    Thanks


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    #2

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    Yes.


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    #3

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    so can I rewrite the sentence 2:
    I regret not to listen to my father's advice
    ?????

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    #4

    Re: rewrite

    No, you could say 'I regret not having listened...' as an alternative.


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    #5

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    so what is the difference between regret not to listen and regret not listening and regret not having listening????

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    #6

    Re: rewrite

    'regret not listening and regret not having listened'
    Mean the same thing.
    'regret not to listen'
    is ungrammatical.


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    Re: rewrite

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'regret not listening and regret not having listened'
    Mean the same thing.
    'regret not to listen'
    is ungrammatical.
    *regret + to V (bare) :
    regret what you have to do now or in future
    *regret + V ing and * regret + having + V (past participle) :
    regret what you did

    right??????

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