|When to use 'with regard to' and when to use 'regarding'|
from germany asks:
I am completely confused by the following relationship terms. Would you please give me a precise explanation and some proper examples? Are they the same or similar in meaning and in use?
1. in relation to / with relation to
2. with regard to / regarding
3. in connection with
are very similar in meaning and use. The key issue, as you suggest,
is to know when and how to use them.
These expressions are sometimes known as 'discourse markers'. 'Discourse' is the term used to denote pieces of speech or writing that are longer than a sentence. They are 'markers' because they help to point out the structure of discourse. They make clear the connection between what we are going to say and what has come earlier. They are used to focus attention and to signal what we are going to talk about.
Such discourse markers will often be found at the beginning of a sentence. They are all fairly formal in tone and characteristic of formal or written discourse.
an example, let us eavesdrop on this business meeting. The personnel
manager of a company is responding to questions from members of staff.
could also add 'with reference to' as a further alternative
and this would perhaps be most formal of all. This expression is frequently
used at the beginning of business letters:
that expressions like as far as... is/am/are concerned and
as regards link discourse in a similar way, but these are slightly
less formal and more characteristic of spoken discourse:
expression As far as I'm/we're concerned,... is also used colloquially
to indicate that you are stating your own position on something:
final note about use of concerning. When placed later in a
sentence, it is sometimes used as an alternative to about or regarding: