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whl626

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I regret damaging your book.

I regret that I've damaged your book.

I wonder if the second sentence is much better than the first ? Somehow I find it is not suitable to use the first as a ' gerund ' can be replaced by ' to+infinitive ', then it just sounds illogical.

eg I regret to damage your book. Or I regret to have damaged your book.

Both don't seem right to me from the logical point as I choose ' I regret that I've damaged your book ' myself.
 

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  • I regret damaging your book.

That is a perfectly good sentence.

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  • I regret that I've damaged your book.

That one is also good. (The first one is, I think, more likely. Also more likely is: "I'm sorry I damaged your book.") You could also say: "I regret having damaged your book."

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  • I regret to damage your book.
Or:
  • I regret to have damaged your book.

Neither of those sentences is English in structure.

(Say: "Neither seems right" or "Both are wrong", but you can't use "both" in the negative (with "not").)

:)

  • I have no reason for regret.
    No, I'm not sorry--not yet.

:)
 

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Regret + infinitve is used when we aresorry before the action:

I regret to say that yourapplication has been unsuccessful.
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Hmm, now the ' regret ' has become crystal clear to me :) Thanks
 
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