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    Regret or Be regretted?

    Dear Teachers

    May I know if there are any difference in meaning and usage between "regret" and " be regretted"?

    I am regretted to learn of your experience

    I regret to learn of your experience

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    Re: Regret or Be regretted?

    Hello,
    Not a teacher.
    I think the first one is incorrect the second is correct.

    Although I'd repthrased it to :
    I regret to learn of the difficulties you experienced.
    Experience is neutral if you regret something then I think you should indicate it wasn't pleasant.
    or :
    I regret to learn of your unpleasant experience with .....

    Be regreted is used in passive voice :
    It is to be regretted that .....[ you have experienced such difficulties ]
    I'm regretted means somebody feels regret for you for some reason.

    You could say : I am so sorry about the difficulties you experienced.
    Cheers,
    Last edited by Jaskin; 23-Aug-2008 at 16:13.


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    Re: Regret or Be regretted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    Not a teacher.
    I think the first one is incorrect the second is correct.

    Although I'd repthrased it to :
    I regret to learn of the difficulties you experienced.
    Experience is neutral if you regret something then I think you should indicate it wasn't pleasant.
    or :
    I regret to learn of your unpleasant experience with .....

    Be regreted is used in passive voice :
    It is to be regretted that .....[ you have experienced such difficulties ]
    I'm regretted means somebody feels regret for you for some reason.

    You could say : I am so sorry about the difficulties you experienced.
    Cheers,

    thanks for your explanation.

    what about the following 2?

    I regret to learn of the difficulties you experienced.
    I am regretful to learn of the difficulties you experienced.

    thanks

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    Re: Regret or Be regretted?

    Hello again,
    Note I'm not a teacher.

    I don't see any major difference beetwen them.
    Bouth souds fine to me.
    If there is a subtle difference I don't see it.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Regret or Be regretted?

    Quote Originally Posted by knowwhat View Post
    Dear Teachers

    May I know if there are any difference in meaning and usage between "regret" and " be regretted"?

    I am regretted to learn of your experience

    I regret to learn of your experience
    I advise you against using either of your examples. Better:
    I regret the loss of my youth.
    Don't say I am regretted.


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    Re: Regret or Be regretted?

    You can say:
    I am regretful.

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    Re: Regret or Be regretted?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    ...
    Don't say I am regretted.

    The only time a person can 'be regretted' is when they're dead. When talking of the dead, people sometimes use 'be regretted' to mean 'be remembered with regret':

    John Smith, who died yesterday, will be regretted by everyone who knew him.

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