I Regret At The Delay. | How to Solve the CSS 2019 Sentence Correction Questions?


Is it correct to say, “I regret at the delay”? | How to Solve the CSS 2019 Sentence Correction Questions? | CSS 2019 Solved Sentence Correction Questions with Detailed Explanation by Sir Syed Kazim Ali | CSS Solved Past Papers Sentence Corrections, CSS Sentence Correction with Explanations, CSS Solved Sentence Correction.

Every time you put your thoughts or ideas into writing in a competitive exam: CSS or PMS, it must represent you at your very best. Your best greatly depends upon the correct use of grammar, sentence structuring, preposition, punctuation, vocabulary, expression, translation, and how explicitly you put your precise thoughts relevantly and coherently to the examiner. That is why CSS and PMS exams have made English essays and Precis & Composition papers compulsory. So, you have to care much about sentence correction, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics errors. 

Expressing your thoughts on the given topic coherently, fluently, and grammatically correct by supporting each of your stances through examples, facts, and illustrations is the key to cracking CSS, PMS Essay paper. But, unfortunately, although most students, with dedication and practice, learn the art of essay writing within months; despite knowing how to build an argument, introduction, the body of the essay, and analytical conclusion, a great many aspirants in Pakistan fail to score the passing marks in the CSS, PMS Essay and precis papers. This situation baffles aspirants and keeps putting them into the vortex of confusion by making qualifying for essay writing and precis paper a Herculean task, if not to all but to a lot. To help aspirants understand the proper way of cracking essays and precise papers demands understanding the elements of an essay. An essay is a perfect amalgamation of well-connected, coherent thoughts that must not possess any grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics errors; otherwise, it distracts readers and examiners and results in the failure of an aspirant at large. Unfortunately, to add fuel to the fire, nearly all available books, notes, and websites – which Google displays when you search CSS Past Papers Sentence Corrections – have incorrectly explained the questions. In this detailed article, I have explained the CSS sentence correction questions in detail and what the CSS, PMS examiner sets out in the precis paper to test aspirants.

English, for sure, has dozens of cryptic grammatical rules, many of which the CSS, PMS examiner does not test. Without any doubt, the CSS, PMS precis papers are not set out to test grammar rules; they, instead, are set up to check the clarity of the written expression of an aspirant. For example, if you place a modifier at the wrong place, the intended meaning of a sentence become at odds. 

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Let’s consider the following sentences: 

  • Crossing the road, a motorbike almost struck me. 

The grammatical meaning of the sentence is that a motorbike was crossing the road. However, the intended meaning is that as I crossed the road, a motorbike almost struck me

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Question # 4:

I regret at the delay


I regret the delay.


Regret as a Noun:

Regret (Noun) means: A feeling of sadness, disappointment, or repentance about something or an occurrence that one has done/made or failed to do.
The word “Regret” as a noun always takes the prepositions “For”, “About”, or “At”.


  • His friend expressed his regret at/about his cousin’s death. 
  • She has no regrets about leaving. 
  • They have already expressed deep regret for what happened. 
  • My biggest regret is that I didn’t accept her proposal. 
  • I wish I could have expressed my regret at my inability to remember the grammar rules. 

Regret as a Verb:

Regret (Transitive Verb) means: To feel bad, sorrow, repentant, or disappointed for (an act, action, activity, fault, mistake, blunder, disappointment, etc.) that one has done or failed to do. If we regret something that we have done or haven’t done, we wish that we hadn’t done or had done it. 
The word “Regret” as a verb usually doesn’t take any preposition, but it always takes an object. 


  • regret any inconvenience caused to you. 
  • regret the delay. 
  • She regrets that she will not be able to attend your wedding ceremony. 
  • I think Aslam regrets now that he declined the offer. 
  • She regretted her decision to join an academy for CSS preparation. 
  • He regrets (that) he preferred low-quality books to quality books. 

Other uses of the verb “Regret”: 

Apart from the given two uses, there are other uses of the verb “Regret”. 


Whenever we want to tell/say/inform someone about bad news, we use the following expressions, which are fixed in the English language: 

  1. Regret to tell (you) + that + clause
  2. Regret to inform (you) + that + clause
  3. Regret to say (you) + that + clause


  • She regrets to inform us that we have not been shortlisted for an interview. 
  • regret to tell you that Mr Aslam died as a consequence of his injuries. 
  • regret to inform you that your application regarding fee concession has been denied. 
  • regret to say/tell/inform you that I am going to resign. 


Regret Doing Something:

If we “Regret”, “Forget”, or “Remember” doing something, we want to talk about an action that happened before. 

If we feel sorry or unhappy about an action – which we had done – we use “Gerund” (Present participle/4th form of the verb, working as a noun) after the verb “Regret” and continue writing something after it. In simple words, if we use a gerund after the verb “Regret”, it means we are talking about an action (something) that happened before. 

The structure is the following.  

Subject + Regret (v) + Gerund (ing) + … 


  1. Mr Salman regret buying the old car. 
    Mr Salman bought the old car in the past, but now he regrets why he had bought it.
  2. I regret not speaking to Ali before he left. 
    I didn’t speak to Ali before he left, and now I regret it. 
  3. He regrets not studying correctly. 
    He didn’t study correctly in the past, and now he regrets it. 
  4. Every year, thousands of CSS aspirants regret joining the academy to prepare for the exam. 
  5. She regrets not getting insurance. 
  6. My cousin regretted speaking so loudly. 

Thus, the correct answer is: 

I regret the delay. 

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