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What are the best words to replace albeit in this sentence?

"I say albeit regretfully"

Does "however" or "although" suits it well? Or are there better words?

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  • Your sentence is not idiomatic or grammatical. Albeit means although, so you are basically saying 'I say although regretfully'
    – Joe Kerr
    Nov 20, 2020 at 15:20
  • Is it grammatically wrong? I read so many court judgment from the uk using these words.
    – MEGA
    Nov 20, 2020 at 15:21
  • It is okay if you use the modifications that Dhanishtha Ghosh uses in their answer.
    – Joe Kerr
    Nov 20, 2020 at 15:24
  • "many court judgments" Can you then give us a single, complete example.
    – James K
    Nov 21, 2020 at 9:25

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I say albeit regretfully

This sentence is alright but needs some modifications as follows:

  • I said, albeit regretfully. (A complete stand-alone/independent sentence, indicating past action.)

  • I say, albeit regretfully [...] (The brackets indicating that there should be predicate phrase after it, because present tense without it sounds weird, not incorrect though.)

Without a predicate phrase in the above sentence, it would mean that you always regret what you say, since the present tense would then depict a habitual action.

Now, with moving to the alternative suggestion.

One must remember, albeit is a conjunction, and it does what conjunctions do—it connects clauses. Albeit can be used with concessive clauses and subordinate clauses. What you can’t do with albeit but can certainly do with although is introduce independent clauses. This is one of the reasons why the two words are not always interchangeable. (From Grammarly)

For example:

We decided to buy the car, albeit the price made us hesitate. (Incorrect)

We decided to buy the car, although the price made us hesitate. (Correct)

In your case, you can use the alternatives interchangeably.

  • I said, although regretfully, [...]

  • I said, (even) though regretfully, [...] ('even though' is used as a stronger way to say "though" or "although")

  • I said, notwithstanding regretfully, [...] (an unusual case)

  • I said, even if regretfully, [...]

This blog article might help you in future.
This Google Ngram might as well be remotely helpful to you.

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  • I entirely appreciate your assistance. Thanks for helping me.
    – MEGA
    Nov 20, 2020 at 15:28
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    @Void You are right. I missed that one. Thanks! I didn't intend to disrespect the blogger in anyway. I will edit it. Nov 21, 2020 at 9:02
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    @DhanishthaGhosh: If you don't like quotes in your answer (like me :P), you can just reword the copy-pasted part... or just say "According to Grammarly, bla bla bla". :)
    – Void
    Nov 21, 2020 at 9:03

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