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    expressions of wishes/regret

    how to teach expressions of wishes/regret?

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    Re: expressions of wishes/regret

    First of all, I'd choose a particular phrase and be clear on how it's used, as there are many ways of expressing regret.

    The verb
    can be used in more than one way:

    Regret + infinitive- where the speaker is regretful before the action:
    I rgeret to say that your application has been unsuccessful.

    Regret + gerund- where the speaker is regretful after the action:
    I regret being so rude to her in the meeting yesterday.

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