A CORPUS-BASED STUDY ON ‘REGRET’ AS A FACTIVE VERB AND ITS COMPLEMENTS

Elçin Ölmezer Öztürk

Abstract


Factive verbs are known to presuppose the truth of their complements, and regret is an example of factive verbs. This corpus-based study aims to investigate the complement, use, and frequency of occurrence of regret in COCA, and shed light on various uses of this verb. The scope of this study was limited to the bare form of regret, and most common complements of regret were analyzed throughout the study. The findings revealed that all the complements were presupposed to be true due to the factive verb regret, and regret has various complements such as regret + Ving, regret + to V1, regret + that. What is more, all these complements assign different meanings to regret in context.

 

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factive verb, true factive, presupposition, regret, complement, corpus-based study

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