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After reviewing answers found in the "Similar Questions" area, I didn't see a definitive answer. To me it seems any writer or speaker is "regarding" something so the word "regard" would be singular. The writer could be regarding several things, but this difference would not automatically dictate the word "regard" to be used in the plural, would it?

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The correct usage is the singular with (or in or having) regard to.

He made enquiries with regard to Beth.

The reason why some people confuse the singular with the plural is because there's a similar usage of the word regard in the plural form that is used to to introduce a topic.

As regards content, the programme will cover important current issues.

Source: ODE

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    This is a prescriptive sort of answer. Usage ultimately determines what is correct (people used to wail over the "incorrect usage" of above as an adjective, but it has stuck). With regards to the phrase at hand, see, et al., the grammarist and Daily writing tips. The Oxford English Dictionary says the plural forms are "regional and nonstandard", but it does this from a descriptive point of view; and it is not the same as incorrect. It would also be nice if you included a link to the ODE. – Alan Carmack Nov 27 '16 at 18:20

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