Saturday, 20 August 2011

Regret to do something 和 regret doing something 有分別嗎?


Regret to do something (i.e. regret + infinitive) 的意思是:很遺憾要做某事 (be sorry for what one's going to do)。換句話講,那件事即將要做。譬如說:

We regret to inform you that your application has not been successful.
I regret to tell you that I'm unable to help you.

而 regret doing something (i.e. regret + gerund) 的意思是:很遺憾做了某件事 (be sorry for what one has done)。換句話說,那件事已經完成。例如說:

I regret telling them the truth.
I regret lying about my situation.

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