I regret making so many bad choices

Regrets are difficult for students to talk about.

What’s a regret? It’s wishing you could change the past by doing an action you didn’t do or by not doing an action you did do.

You can express regrets by using the verb ‘regret’ in the following way.

  • Using a gerund (‘~ing’ verb) and object:
  • “I regret playing video games instead of studying during high school.”

  • a negative gerund and an object:
  • “I regret not studying in high school.”

  • Using ‘that’ with a simple past-tense verb:
  • “I regret that I played games so much.”

    “I regret that I didn’t study.”

Share your regrets in the comments. I regret not studying German after secondary school.

Tell Stories Easily by Using 4 Parts


You can tell stories easily by using four parts: beginning, main point, reaction and ending. Remember that stories usually stick to the past tense.


It is common to use a past-continuous clause (was/were ~ing) and ‘when‘, followed by a past-tense clause (simple or continuous) for a detail to link to the main point.

“I was having a job interview when I felt the room shaking.”

Main Point

Get straight to the point. This is an action.

“There was a huge earthquake.”


What did you do after the action you just talked about?

“Everybody left the building and went home.”


How did things get back to normal or back to a comfortable situation for you?

“I had to walk for five hours because there were no trains.”

This might be useful next time you write your diary.

Write a diary