Exprimer le regret
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Exprimer le regretApart from sobbing deeply into your handkerchief, there are many ways of expressing regret.
• The verb regretter (to regret) is the simplest and most common:
Nous regrettons ce qui vous est arrivé. We regret what happened to you.
Juliette a beaucoup regretté que Victor ne soit pas venu. Juliette greatly regretted that Victor did not come.
• The expression s’en vouloir (‘to feel bad’, ‘to feel guilty’, ‘to blame oneself’) has a similar meaning to regretter:
- Non, je ne m’en veux pas du tout. -No, I don’t feel bad at all.
• We can also use the conditionnel passé, the past conditional form:
J’aurais aimé inviter Victor ! I would like to have invited Victor!
J’aurais mieux fait d’inviter Victor ! I would have been better off inviting Victor!
• We can also use si + conditional constructions:
Si j’avais su, j’aurais invité Victor. If I had known, I would have invited Victor.
• We can also use the expression Quel dommage ! (What a shame!), or Quel dommage + DE + infinitive or Quel dommage + QUE + subjunctive.
Quel dommage d’avoir oublié d’inviter Victor. Too bad for forgetting to have invited Victor.
Quel dommage que Victor ne soit pas venu ! Isn’t it sad that Victor didn’t come!
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