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    the usage of to regress

    Longmann Dictionary states that to regress means to go back to an earlier condition or to a less developed way of behaving.

    I would like to use it in a sentence.

    (ex) Over the last five years, David who is a hockey player has been working very hard to improve his goal-scoring tally from twenty to fifty per season. This season he regresses in his performance because he makes less effort.

    Am I using the verb, to regress, correctly in the sentence? Thanks.

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    Re: the usage of to regress

    Quote Originally Posted by brianbrian View Post
    Longmann Dictionary states that to regress means to go back to an earlier condition or to a less developed way of behaving.

    I would like to use it in a sentence.

    (ex) Over the last five years, David,who is a hockey player, has been working very hard to improve his score from twenty to fifty per season. This season he regressed in his performance because he made less effort.

    Am I using the verb, to regress, correctly in the sentence? Thanks.
    It should be past tense.

    To sound more natural, you could say: ". . . his performance regressed because he didn't work as hard."

    But I wouldn't usually use regress or performance. They're not very conversational. I'd say ". . . his score got worse because he didn't work as hard."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: the usage of to regress

    I would use the present perfect if the season hasn't finished- he has regressed/got worse. Regressed is OK, but it doesn't sound natural to me either.

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    Re: the usage of to regress

    I'd use the present progressive, "He is regressing this season". But it's still an awkward word.

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