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    no regret or no regrets ??

    I will send my job application to AB Company, one of the bigs firms in Hong Kong. If it is not successful, I will have no regret as I have done my part.

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    I will send my job application to AB Company, one of the big firms in Hong Kong. If it is not successful, I will have no regrets as I have done my part.

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    #2

    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    no regrets

    (same as having no apples or pencils)

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    #3

    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    HI teachers,

    I have question too.

    I have no idea.

    or

    i have no ideas.

    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    They are both correct, but the one meaning, "I am completely stumped/I really don't know," is, "I have no idea."

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    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    Quote Originally Posted by ribran View Post
    They are both correct, but the one meaning, "I am completely stumped/I really don't know," is, "I have no idea."
    Thanks ribran, I got this.

    I know "no regrets" is correct. However, I don't know why.

    Is it a rule? I want to spend some time revising this subject.

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    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    For example, if a decapitated body is found (apologies for the gory example!), it would be reported that a body was found with no head, as people generally only have one head, so saying that a body was found with no heads sounds silly.

    It is possible to have more than one regret (or apple, or pencil), so saying that I had no regrets does make sense.

    The problem comes with saying "no idea", as ideas can be plural, so "no ideas" should be correct. However, responding to a question with the answer "no idea" is more idiomatic, maning that the person is clueless as to the answer.

    Hope that makes sense.

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    #7

    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    Thanks waflob.

    Your examples are straightforward. I have saved for revision.

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    #8

    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    Quote Originally Posted by ysc1230 View Post
    Thanks ribran, I got this.

    I know "no regrets" is correct. However, I don't know why.
    Neither do I.

    I don't think there is any good reason. That's just the way it is.

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    Re: no regret or no regrets ??

    Quote Originally Posted by ribran View Post
    I don't think there is any good reason. That's just the way it is.
    This is often true in English - and indeed in many, probably most, languages. Learners are sometimes frustrated by this, but need to accept it.

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