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Mariela from Peru - 'I love music... Coldplay is my favourite group'
Mariela from Peru, who is studying at The English Studio Language School, Holborn, London
How can we use the word regret as a verb? In this week's grammar challenge, we asked Mariela to form correct sentences about things that happened in the past, that she wishes she could change now...

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To express regrets about past events, you can use the verb regret with an -ing verb, or with not and an -ing verb, or with a noun.

subject regret(s) verb-ing OR noun
Iregrettaking my umbrella

not taking my umbrella


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In the next programme, we're finding out about another way to talk about our regrets...

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