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Hi people!

I've been browsing the site, but none of the answers given on the different topics have successfully dispelled my doubts: Are all the following synonyms?:

regarding - as regards - with regard to - in regard to - with respect to - in respect of - concerning - as concerns - with reference to - in reference to

Let me give you a bit of context:

Someone receives the following email:

Hi Susan!! We never heard back from you. How is everything at home? How about your payment?

Let us know...

And writes the reply below:


Hi Marion! How are you?

At home, everyhting is going just fine. Regarding payment, I think I'm going collect it on Thursday.

Is the above sentence correct? Would you introduce any changes? Could any of the words "as regards - with regard to - in regard to - with respect to - in respect of - concerning - as concerns - with reference to - in reference to" fit into this sentence in place of "regarding"?

Thanks a lot!!

Mara.
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They seem like synonyms to me. They can all be used to introduce a statement, or to link two items, except (I think) "in respect of":

1. Discrimination in respect of Employment and Occupation.

– ok.

2. In respect of employment and occupation, I have serious doubts...

– not ok.

"Regarding" and "as regards" are slightly less formal. I don't hear "as concerns" or "concerning" very often.

I'd be interested to hear other people's views, though.

MrP
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Hi guys,

There are always special contexts to consider, but generally speaking, I see these expressions as synonymous.

In my opinion, sometimes these phrases are used where a more 'modest' construction using 'about' would do just as well, and be clearer.

Best wishes, Clive
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I'll have to think a bit about it...
Riglos, sorry, but you'd better wait for a native to read your question... They'll be better at nuances than I am!
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It seeme to me these words put at the beginning of the sentences. I never heard of " as concerns "

With/ in reference to, with respect to or in spect to , are used especially in commerce.

as regards, with regard to and in regard to are not used in commerce.
Welkins2139as regards, with regard to and in regard to are not used in commerce.

Hmm. I've seen them used in commercial contexts.

MrP
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I'd be happy to see more abouts and fewer regards. It's a pity "as to" can be misinterpreted.

MrP
they aren't ALL synonyms: as regards, in respect of, as concerns, are improper. They would be instead, and respectively, "as IT regards", "in respect TO", and "as IT concerns". And yes, these are fairly interchangeable, though not "synonyms" sic, (synonymous), though each are used differently in context, depending on style (I won't go into examples here, but you can request them, if it's important).
In the above example (the email), "Regarding payment" is fine - also "with regard to", with respect to", "concerning" could be used - but not the others mentioned.
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