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    Lightbulb [Grammar] What tense should the clause use in a "I regret saying that..." sentence?

    Is this sentence grammatically right in the written form?
    "I regret saying that I cannot come."
    or should it be like :"I regret saying that I couldn't come."

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    Lightbulb Re: [Grammar] What tense should the clause use in a "I regret saying that..." sentenc

    You certainly can say that. More likely, however, would be:

    I regret it that I cannot go.

    Do you see the difference?

    (Neither sentence in post #1 makes sense unless you mean to say you regret what you said.)
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    Re: [Grammar] What tense should the clause use in a "I regret saying that..." sentenc

    Hello Connor, and welcome to the forum.

    Both of those versions are fine.

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    Re: [Grammar] What tense should the clause use in a "I regret saying that..." sentenc

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    More likely, however, would be:

    I regret it that I cannot go.
    That doesn't sound natural to me with it there. Plus, it's not at all what the speaker means. He actually (probably) means that he wants to go, and is indeed able to go, despite saying that he couldn't.

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    Re: [Grammar] What tense should the clause use in a "I regret saying that..." sentenc

    Connor, what is it? What do you mean to say?
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