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    #1

    regret

    Do you think he would regret having a woman as his boss?
    Is this sentence correct?

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    #2

    Re: regret

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Do you think he would regret having a woman as his boss?
    Is this sentence correct?
    Yes.

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    Re: regret

    I don't know if "regret" is the right word. You regret things that you do. If you do not have responsibility for the decision (to have a female boss), I don't think you can regret it.

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    Re: regret

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't know if "regret" is the right word. You regret things that you do. If you do not have responsibility for the decision (to have a female boss), I don't think you can regret it.
    I agree, but if you accept the postion with the knowledge that a woman will be your boss, you may later regret it.

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    #5

    Re: regret

    What about tense?

    DO you think he WILL regret...?
    DID you think he WOULD regret...?

    I can't make the do... would combination work in my head.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: regret

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I agree, but if you accept the postion with the knowledge that a woman will be your boss, you may later regret it.
    May I ask why one might later regret taking a position where one's boss is a woman?!

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    Re: regret

    We're just working with the material we have to work with in the original question. I don't believe it was an indication of his personal opinions.

    It's certainly not the first time a grammar question was centered on a statement I don't believe and it won't be the last.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: regret

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    May I ask why one might later regret taking a position where one's boss is a woman?!
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We're just working with the material we have to work with in the original question. I don't believe it was an indication of his personal opinions.

    It's certainly not the first time a grammar question was centered on a statement I don't believe and it won't be the last.
    Many thanks, Barb, for your good-will.
    In no way did my response reflect a personal bias.

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