For the purist regardless is the only word to use when one refers to someone or something that has absolutely no regard for someone or something else. We say, “Regardless of your money, I will not be bought.” Or “Regardless of how busy you are, I expect you to be at my piano recital.” Irregardless is commonly accepted as meaning the same thing and is in most standard dictionaries today, but it is like a stepchild in the grammar family. Technically speaking irregardless is a double negative and should be avoided. Besides, Microsoft Word always puts a little green line under it in any writing you do.
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Please help resolve a friendly dispute. My wife ran across what she thought was an error in the paper today (Indianapolis Star): (He) “is one of those reporters who like to dig.” She says it should be “likes to dig.” I say it is ambiguous and inelegant and should be rewritten, but that strictly speaking, it is correct. Please advise. Thanks!