functions: expressing regret

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functions: expressing regret

مُساهمة  rafai في الأربعاء 25 مايو 2011 - 6:26

Expressing Regret




Expressing regret is as tough as apologizing. Yet it is
quite human to admit one's faults.



You didn't do your homework and the teacher is angry
with you!



I ought to have done it. (said to the teacher)


I should have done it. (said to the teacher)


If only I had done my homework. (said to yourself)


I wish I had done my homework. (said to yourself)





You did a stupid mistake and the teacher is mad about
it!



I'm sorry, I oughtn't to have made such a
mistake. (said to the teacher)



I shouldn't have made such a mistake. (said to the teacher)


If only I hadn't made such a mistake. (said to yourself)


I wish I hadn't made such a mistake. (said to yourself)




Structure




should (not) have + verb in the past participle.


ought (not) to have + verb in the past participle.


if only + Past Perfect


wish + Past Perfect







Examples




I wish I had been more careful. (but in reality I
wasn't and I regret it now)



If only I hadn't told her those hurting words.(but I
did)



I oughtn't to have driven fast.(but I did)


I should have been punctual. (but I wasn't)


I wish I had warned him. (but I didn't)


rafai

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