I want to apologize in an official letter. Do I start it with "Apologizing in regard of this incident" or "Apologizing in regard to this incident"?

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    You should probably be apologising for this incident, rather than any more "peripheral/distanced" version involving words such as regard, regards, regarding, concerning. – FumbleFingers Aug 31 '13 at 18:11

"regard of" is not common - I am not sure if it is actually grammatically wrong, but it's awkward. I would actually use "concerning" rather than any version of "regard", but that is more a preference; I'd rather use one word than three.


"In regard of" is not natural English at all. There is debate about "in regard to" vs. "in regards to."

However, a much better way to say this is "I wish to apologize for the incident . . ." or even "I apologize for my behavior . . ."


With regards to...

Is probably preferred.

In regard to...

Can also work.


"In regard of" is not grammatically wrong at all. There are examples of use which date back to the nineteenth century [please see: https://books.google.com.br/books?id=E-BhAAAAcAAJ&pg=PP9&lpg=PP9&dq=%22in+regard+of%22&source=bl&ots=ftxGKH1kvF&sig=mJ4NFxXWf9IOcoIB6BsH-APCyRo&hl=pt-BR&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjbuLz54YvWAhWoiFQKHR_HDHsQ6AEIYDAJ#v=onepage&q=%22in%20regard%20of%22&f=true , and https://books.google.com.br/books?id=TFZiAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=%22in+regard+of%22&source=bl&ots=7o9IM5flPt&sig=OvUceL4tpGAzqSn6VGKEsG0WM2U&hl=pt-BR&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjbuLz54YvWAhWoiFQKHR_HDHsQ6AEIWjAI#v=onepage&q=%22in%20regard%20of%22&f=false ].

Personally, I believe that the expression would fit beautifully in formal writing. But, in this case, I would advise against the use of "Apologizing", hence that construction strikes me as modern by comparison and in conflict with the style. Therefore, I would rewrite it as:

"To apologize in regard of that incident" ...

or [if the original line of thought was to use "Apologizing" in the Present Continuous tense]

"As I apologize for the incident" ....


"In regard of the incident, I offer my [sincere] apologies," ...

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    Take another look at the dates on those books. Language changes over time and sources from 160+ years ago do not make a very strong case for how things are today. – Laurel Sep 4 '17 at 17:33

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