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    Grammatical term help

    Sentence: I regret to have taken the dog on holiday with me.
    Correction: I regret having taken the dog on holiday with me.
    Explanation: ????

    Can you please tell me what is the formal grammatical term for correction I have made to the sentence above?

    Thanks

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    Re: Grammatical term help

    You have changed an infinitive (to have) to a gerund (having). When the regret comes after the action, as in your example, we generally use a gerund after regret.

    If we regret something before we do it, we use the infinitive- I regret to say, etc.

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    Re: Grammatical term help

    You have changed an infinitive (to have) to a gerund (having). When the regret comes after the action, as in your example, we generally use a gerund after regret.

    If we regret something before we do it, we use the infinitive- I regret to say, etc.

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