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    Hi,

    I'd like to know the difference between the next sentences...

    1. It's astonishing that she should say that sort of thing to you.
    2. It's astonishing that she would say~~.
    3. It's astonishing that she says / said that ~~.

    Best regards...

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    I think I'd be more likely to use the first if she were rude and the third if I thought she was lying. However, there isn't much difference IMO.

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    Re: should...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20
    Hi,

    I'd like to know the difference between the next sentences...

    1. It's astonishing that she should say that sort of thing to you.
    2. It's astonishing that she would say~~.
    3. It's astonishing that she says / said that ~~.

    Best regards...
    To me,

    1. obligation (should have to)
    2. conditional (would . . . if, in that situation)
    3a. 'says' present fact or habit
    3b. 'said' past fact

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    Thanks for your explanations...

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