Posted: 19 Feb 2014 08:40 PM PST
A web search for “in regards to” brings up 680 million links, thousands of which lead to articles telling readers that “in regards to” is nonstandard English. Apparently quite a few English speakers have managed to avoid reading any of them.
Nonstandard “in regards to” continues to spread, and not just on blogs and in comments written by the educationally challenged. Here are some examples from sites that aspire to some sort of professional expertise:
The phrase “in regard to” means “about, regarding, concerning.” Speakers who put an “s” on regard in “in regard to” and “with regard to” are perhaps confusing these phrases with “as regards”:
In the expressions “in regard to” and “with regard to,” regard is a noun; in the expression “as regards,” regards is a verb.
The noun regard does take the plural in certain other idioms. For example,
Speakers who find it difficult to remember to omit the “s” can avoid nonstandard “in regards to” and “with regards to” by usingregarding in their place.