What is the difference between the following sentences: 1- I regret having done this, 2- I regret doing this?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The difference is tense. #1 means you did it before regretting it. #2 means you still do it while you regret it.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is no difference. The first sentence is more proper english than the latter. Unless the second sentence is speaking in the present tense then the first sentence would mean I regret that I did that and the second would mean I regret what I'm doing right now. Depends on the tense of the second sentence.

  • 1 decade ago

    The difference is in the tense. Having done means it is past tense, doing this means present tense.

    Source: BA (hons) English Language!

  • 1 decade ago

    1 is for an action in the past, 2 is for a current action

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  • 1 decade ago

    "I regret having done this" means your state of mind for an action which has already been completed. (past tense action)

    "I regret doing this" means your state of mind for action which is being done ( present tense action ).

  • 1 decade ago

    one is past tense and the other present

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