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    What is the past tense of:

    That door shouldn't be opened.

    If I say: That door shouldn't have been opened.
    That means that it has been opened.

    But what if it hasn't been opened?

    I think I can say:

    The rule was that the door shouldn't be opened.
    We had been told that the door shouldn't be opened.

    But is there any way to avoid using something that turns the sentence into a quotation?

    It was not permitted for the door to be opened.?

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    Default Re: shouldn't

    Quote Originally Posted by azz
    What is the past tense of:

    That door shouldn't be opened.

    If I say: That door shouldn't have been opened.
    That means that it has been opened.

    But what if it hasn't been opened?

    I think I can say:

    The rule was that the door shouldn't be opened.
    We had been told that the door shouldn't be opened.

    But is there any way to avoid using something that turns the sentence into a quotation?

    It was not permitted for the door to be opened.?
    I was not permitted to leave the door opened.

    We had been told that the door shouldn't be opened.

    We had been told to keep the door shut.
    We had been told not to leave the door opened.

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