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I know that interest, dissatisfaction, condolence, apologies can all collocate with express, but I am not sure if regret can. I am thinking about the following sentence in particular:

I would like to express my regret for the incident happened yesterday at my room, which Mark complained to you.

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  • regret noun, plural: regrets 1. a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. she expressed her regret at Virginia's death (Google Search)
    – Kris
    Jan 16, 2014 at 11:51

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Expressing regret means you’re sorry, so it is used appropriately in your example (although it should be ‘. . . in my room about which Mark complained to you.’ You could also say ‘I would like to say how sorry I am for the incident . . .

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Yes, regret can be used in that context. I have corrected some of the other grammar in that sentence :)

I would like to express my regret for the incident that happened yesterday in my room, for which Mark complained to you.

If you are really sorry about what happened in your room, you could use:

I would like to express my sincere regret

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    Perhaps replace the "for" in "my regret for the incident" with "concerning" or "regarding".
    – Martin F
    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:02
  • @martinf So you meant to write this way "I would like to express my regret for the incident regarding the extreme noises made yesterday in my room" Jan 16, 2014 at 9:08
  • @MuthukumarPalaniappan -- "I would like to express my regret regarding the incident that happened yesterday in my room, which Mark complained to you about." (I even made another change, after the comma.)
    – Martin F
    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:11

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