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周街學英文:Regretful vs regrettable

【明報專訊】Regretful 為形容詞,意思是「感到懊悔、遺憾或惆悵」,通常用以形容感受;regrettable 同為形容詞,但則用以表達「某件事使人悔恨、遺憾,或令人感到可惜」之意(如 I feel regretful for making him sad)。以下是錯誤和正確使用的例子:

× Better to take the chance at twenty-eight, before I got old and cautious and regrettable.

ˊ Better to take the chance at twenty-eight, before I got old and cautious and regretful.(把握機會以免老來後悔)

× I was at first saddened and regrettable about what another four years under these people means for our country and our world.

ˊ I was at first saddened and regretful about what another four years under these people means for our country and our world.(感到可惜)

× It's more than regretful that we find the letter of the law enforcing Christians to behave toward each other in such discourteous and petty ways.

ˊ It's more than regrettable that we find the letter of the law enforcing Christians to behave toward each other in such discourteous and petty ways.(非常遺憾)

■作者簡介︰香港浸會大學語文中心高級講師,為政府、大專院校、專業機構等擔任英語顧問。

文︰陳美寶博士

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