We all make mistakes, and sometimes we kick ourselves afterwards. Because we aren't perfect, and mistakes are a fact of life, it's important to know how to talk about them. Here are 4 different ways you can express regret in English. Watch the lesson to see how phrases like "should have + past participle" and "I wish I'd + past participle" are pronounced.
How to express regret about something that has happened:
I wish (that) + I + past perfect
If only + I + past perfect
I + should have + past participle
I regret (not) verb+ing
Here's a quiz for you. Fill in the missing words in each of the following sentences, and post your answers to see if you nailed them all:
1. I _____ spending so much money last night!
2. I should _____ invested in Apple back in the day.
3. I wish I _____ _____ left my phone on the bus.
4. If _____ I had taken your advice and applied for the promotion.
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