regret: ✓ regret doing something, regret to do something ✗ regret to have done something

By | May 18, 2017
regret doing something
regret to have done something
I'd rather regret doing something than not doing something.
Preferirei pentirmi di aver fatto qualcosa piuttosto che di non aver fatto qualcosa.
- James Hetfield
✓ I regret telling her about my problems.
✗ I *regret to have told* her about my problems.
Mi pento di averle parlato dei miei problemi.
When we are sorry about something that we did (or didn't do) in the past, we say that we regret doing it (or regret not doing it). For example:
✓ One day you'll regret treating me that way!
Un giorno ti pentirai di avermi trattato così!
✓ She regrets not going to university.
Rimpiange di non aver fatto l'università.
We use regret with an infinitive in certain expressions, to say that we are sorry to mention a given situation. For example:
✓ I regret to say that the patient's condition has worsened.
Mi dispiace dover dire che le condizioni del paziente sono peggiorate.
✓ We regret to inform you that your application has been rejected.
Siamo spiacenti di informarLa che la sua domanda è stata rifiutata.

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