[Grammar] I regret our not accepting

englishhobby

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What is the best way to transform the following sentence starting with 'I regret'. (To use an ing-form is obligatory in this exercise.)

I am sorry, but we have decided not to accept your application.
1) I regret our not accepting your application.
2) I regret our deciding not to accept your application.
3) I regret our having to reject your application.
4) your variant?
 
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Matthew Wai

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I regret having to reject your application.
 

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We normally regret doing something that we did in the past. The transformation required is therefore not appropriate.

Matthew's suggestion, which is a grammatically correct sentence, means I regret that (at some sime in the past) I had to reject your application.
Thanks. So, the original sentence could be changed to 'I am sorry, but we had to reject your application'. Is that right?
 

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Matthew's suggestion, which is a grammatically correct sentence, means I regret that (at some sime in the past) I had to reject your application.
Another teacher thought otherwise in the following post:

the use of the semi-modal "have to" in the gerund form is not an indicator of the past tense; in fact, its use allows the speaker to communicate regret in the present because it is an expression of regret of the necessity of a present or future act.
 

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I see no need for 'our'.
 

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The explanation should be as simple as possible so it is easy to understand and remember.
Not convoluted and perplexing.
 
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I agree with Piscean.

"I/We regret to inform you that ..." would be the best phrasing.
 
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