FUNCTIONS REGRET IN ENGLISH INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 2 BAC Mr. Idryssy
Regret is a feeling of being sorry about something you have done or something you haven’t been able to do. Every day, we feel sad about the things we have done, which are wrong, or things we didn’t do, and we think we should have done them. As an English learner, it is to express regret because there are so many expressions that you can use. Usually, there are four ways you can express regret in English:
1. Using: the verb regret A. Subject + regret + verb + ing He regrets selling all his old records. I regret wasting my time. regret not calling her last night. regret spending too much money on this car. I regret not studying harder.
B. Subject + regret + noun I regret the past experiences. I regret my actions. We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers. she regrets the way she behaved. we regret the defeat of yesterday. The regret the waste of time.
2- Using: If only / subject+ wish A- If only + Past Perfect. • If only she had been able to call on time • If only they had discussed the issue. • If only we had studied hard. • If only we had paid more attention in the classroom. • if only he had written all the lessons.
B. Subject + wish +Past Perfect I wish I hadn't done this mistake. He wishes he had played well in the match. they wish their mother had lived with them. Jack wishes he had met his brother before he traveled. Sarah wishes she had done the homework.
3- Using (should have) Subject + should have + verb (past participle) SUBJECT + SHOULDN’T HAVE + VERB (PAST PARTICIPLE) 1. The adults should have taught them these skills. 2. You should have seen the dirt on that car! 3. I should have finished by the middle of the week. 4. I should have studied harder! 5. I should have seen the warning signs. 6. I shouldn't have eaten so much sweets.
4-Using conditional type three. IF + SUBJECT +PAST PERFECT , SUBJECT +WOULD HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE OF THE VERB If he had read any of those books, he would have known the answer. If she had known the truth, she would never have agreed to go. If she had kept her mouth shut, she would have had her job now. I would have believed you if you hadn't lied to me before. I would have sent her an invitation if I had found her address. If my daughter had seen this toys, she probably would have wanted me to buy them.