regretfully vs regrettably : Common Errors in English

About regretfully vs regrettably

Either word can be used as an adverb to introduce an expression ofregret, though conservatives prefer “regrettably” in sentences like“Regrettably, it rained on the 4th of July.” Within the body of asentence, however, “regretfully” may be used only to describe the mannerin which someone does something: “John had to regretfully decline hisbeloved’s invitation to go hang-gliding because he was terrified ofheights.” If no specified person in the sentence is doing theregretting, but the speaker is simply asserting “it is to be regretted,”the word is “regrettably”: “Their boss is regrettably stubborn.”

regretfully Meaning(s)

  • (r) with regret (used in polite formulas)

regrettably Meaning(s)

  • (r) by bad luck

regretfully in News

  1. And No More

    According to the retraction notice , the paper from first and corresponding author Elena López at Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre in Madrid, Spain, "has been regretfully retracted by the Editors because of significant overlap with a figure and text from previously published articles."
    on June 11, 2013 Source: GenomeWeb News

  2. Wedding guests: Ways to save

    The bride and groom aren't the only ones reaching into their pockets for the wedding. It can be expensive for guests too. 25 percent of American adults have had to regretfully decline a wedding invitation because they couldn't afford it.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: WWLP Springfield

regrettably in News

  1. EDITORIAL: Kingston report falls short on race issue

    The wording of a city of Kingston report to the federal government is regrettably inelegant on the matter of Latino-black relations.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Kingston Daily Freeman

  2. Letter: I was there

    Bernard Carey, Naples: Regrettably, this case went unsolved at that time.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Naples Daily News

  3. USC offers fetus (we're joking ... hopefully)

    Regrettably, there is no too young in recruiting. Not anymore. USC coach Lane Kiffin apparently has offered receiver Nathan Tilford (Upland, Calif./Upland) a scholarship. Tilford has yet to play a down of high school football, which makes this a next-to-irrelevant gesture. Tilford -- class of 2017! -- is apparently impressive for his age. He's 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. But a lot can happen in four ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: ESPN Blogs

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