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    Question Word forms.

    I really got confused with different forms of these words and just don't know how to use them correctly. Could anyone please explain the difference between them and tell me when to use each, as well. Thanks in advance!
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    1. Her rudeness was most ___ (REGRET)
    Should I use 'regretfull' or 'regrettable'? Why?

    2. The disappearance of the aircraft remains ____ (EXPLAIN).
    Should I use 'inexplicable' or 'unexplained'?

    3. I found the visit most ____ (EDUCATE)
    Should I use 'educational' or 'educating'?


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    Quote Originally Posted by vv0510_vn View Post
    1. Her rudeness was most ___ (REGRET)
    Should I use 'regretfull' or 'regrettable'? Why?

    2. The disappearance of the aircraft remains ____ (EXPLAIN).
    Should I use 'inexplicable' or 'unexplained'?

    3. I found the visit most ____ (EDUCATE)
    Should I use 'educational' or 'educating'?
    Only persons can be regretful.

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    Re: Word forms.

    Quote Originally Posted by vv0510_vn View Post
    I really got confused with different forms of these words and just don't know how to use them correctly. Could anyone please explain the difference between them and tell me when to use each, as well. Thanks in advance!
    =============================================
    1. Her rudeness was most ___ (REGRET)
    Should I use 'regretfull' or 'regrettable'? Why?

    2. The disappearance of the aircraft remains ____ (EXPLAIN).
    Should I use 'inexplicable' or 'unexplained'?

    3. I found the visit most ____ (EDUCATE)
    Should I use 'educational' or 'educating'?
    (though educational would also be right in my dialect).

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    Re: Word forms.

    Well, I still don't get it. could anyone please explain a little bit more?
    Thanks

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    Re: Word forms.

    Quote Originally Posted by vv0510_vn View Post
    Well, I still don't get it. could anyone please explain a little bit more?
    Thanks
    What precisely do you want to be explained?

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    3. I found the visit most ____ (EDUCATE)
    Should I use 'educational' or 'educating'?

    Well, let's take number 3. Why do we use educating? I think educating and educational have the same meaning!

    Thanks.



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    Re: Word forms.

    If SUDHKAMP is tackling (3), I'll have a go at the other two:

    Firstly, understand what ‘regret’ means:
    Sad and sorry for something that has happened, or something you have done.
    So, “He was rude to his teacher, and (he) immediately regretted what he had said.”
    “We had such a wonderful summer holiday there, we regretted having to leave.”
    “-ful” added to a noun means ‘full of’,
    So… ‘regretful’ means ‘full of regret’, ‘to be feeling or showing regret’. Can you see, therefore, that only a person can feel ‘full of regret’, and so, ‘regretful’.
    You will most often see this word used as an adverb, ‘regretfully’, as in:
    “We drove our friends to the airport, and regretfully, said our goodbyes.”
    I could say, “It is with regret that I inform you that your application has been unsuccessful.” That is, politely saying how sorry we feel in having to inform you…
    Or
    “Regretfully, the University is unable to accommodate your request to hold the pop concert on the lawns of the quadrangle.”

    ‘regrettable’ and ‘regrettably’ refer to an action, event, someone’s behaviour, something that has happened that is judged to be ‘bad’, undesirable, inappropriate., ‘a sorry state of affairs’.
    In your sentence, ‘her rudeness’ means ‘she was rude’, and her behaviour is being judged as undesirable, and so ‘it is regrettable that she was so rude to the teacher.”
    And
    The headmaster may observe : “Regrettably, this is not the first time she has been rude to her teacher.”

    “As the Minister for Law and Order, I regretfully tender my resignation. We all agree that the continuing increase in crime in this country is regrettable, and I feel that I should stand down…”

    unexplained/ inexplicable:
    ‘unexplained’ merely means, 'at the moment, we don’t know the reason why', (and so, we may be continuing to investigate until we do understand.) When an aircraft crashes, the reason may not be readily apparent. The Air Control Tower may report that all seemed well as the plane was coming in to land, and then took an unexplained turn to the right (that is, there was no reason, no ready explanation why the plane should turn right instead of coming straight in to land), then plummeted to the ground. The cause of the crash remains unexplained while the investigators listen to the recording on the Black Box, and examine the pieces of the wreckage. It may be puzzling, but this is only because the explanation is not immediately apparent. It only remains ‘unexplained’ until the investigators examine the evidence and determine the cause, and so provide the explanation.
    compare:
    For many years, mystery surrounded the Mary Celeste, a ship found in perfect condition, abandoned, and floating mid-ocean. All the signs on board indicated that the people on board had left what they were doing (for example, a half-eaten meal) and suddenly abandoned ship. With no sign of any emergency on board, or any reports of bad weather for the days before, no one could come up with an explanation. This event remained inexplicable, a baffling mystery for over a century…until recently.

    So – in your sentence, it is more likely that the ‘disappearance of the plane remains unexplained’. However, if…if…it had been flying over open country, and vanished off radar screens, and all efforts to find the crash site, or parts of the plane in the area where it was last reported failed…then it is a mystery…and if the investigation closes with no logical explanation, then people will refer to it as an ‘inexplicable disappearance’.
    Last edited by David L.; 28-Oct-2008 at 12:12.

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    Re: Word forms.

    Quote Originally Posted by vv0510_vn View Post
    3. I found the visit most ____ (EDUCATE)
    Should I use 'educational' or 'educating'?

    Well, let's take number 3. Why do we use educating? I think educating and educational have the same meaning!

    Thanks.

    Educational means one which relates to education. Like what are your educational qualifications, the educational system etc.

    Educating means one which educates or teaches. For ex. the trip to flood affected areas was very educating to study the problems faced by common man during floods.

    Thus in the above case educating is more appropriate.

    Alternatively you can use educative also.

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