with regard to / with regards to

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  1. Diddy

    Diddy Senior Member

    Hi forum,

    I want to know the difference between the expressions:

    with regard to (regard without "s")
    with regards to (regards with "s)

    When to use one or the other... and maybe you can give me some examples.

    Thanks in advance for your help,
  2. Biddlesby Senior Member

    English (Brit.)
    Good question! You'll find a plethora (a whole variety of) of these kinds of phrases, normally all in the business world, some sounding more stiff than others:

    As regards your report, ... (eugh)
    With regards to your last bill, ...
    With regard to your overdue payments, ...
    In regard to your application, ...
    With all due regard to your esteemed position, ...
    With respect to your point of view, ...

    Simplest of all, I would scrap all of that and just use one word: regarding or concerning

    [Edit]: that doesn't actually work for the last two, they are a slightly different usage
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  3. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    English - US
    Here is an earlier thread on the topic, which in turn has links to two others.
    I found it by putting regards regard in the search box at the top of the page.

    However, if you put with regard in the search box, you get a longer list of threads, some of which will be relevant. The best search is for with regards. It finds several threads, most of which are relevant. (Sometimes you have to try different things to find a productive search.)

    You can use similar searches to find discussions of any of Biddlesby's suggestions.

    I am closing this thread to avoid further duplication. :)

    Cagey, moderator.
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