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Write the Right Word: Regardless

Even though “irregardless” has crept into common usage, it’s really not a word.

“Ir” means “not” and “less” means “without,” so together they make a double negative, which is redundant.

The correct word is “regardless.” For example: “Regardless of how many political ads I see, I will not vote for the measure.”

On a related topic, if you mean “about” or “concerning,” the correct word is “regard.” For example: “This letter is in regard to the question you sent me yesterday.” Or this: “I am calling in regard to your ad.” Better yet, avoid the word and use “about.” For example: “I am calling about your ad.”

Use “regards” when extending good wishes. For example: “Give my regards to your parents.”

Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, mailto:ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu

 

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