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    Question The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Do we have the problem of verb inconsistency, if we use "should" with present tense in a complex sentence,

    for example

    Although she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.

    Please reply.
    Last edited by zaffar; 24-Sep-2011 at 09:50. Reason: correction of a mistake

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    I could not understand what you want to say. However, I would like to rewrite your sentence.

    While she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.


    Quote Originally Posted by zaffar View Post
    Do we have the problem of verb inconsistency, if we use "should" with present tense in a complex sentence,

    for example

    Although she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.

    Please reply.

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by zaffar View Post
    Do we have the problem of verb inconsistency, if we use "should" with present tense in a complex sentence,

    for example

    Although she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too..
    I do not see why you think there should be any inconsistency. Most modals can have a present-time meaning.

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    I could not understand what you want to say. However, I would like to rewrite your sentence.

    While she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.
    Your sentence appears to mean that you think she should comb her hair and clean her teeth at the same time. It's the use of the word "while" that suggests that.

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your sentence appears to mean that you think she should comb her hair and clean her teeth at the same time. It's the use of the word "while" that suggests that.
    It's a new trend called multitasking. It's essential in today's world.

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a new trend called multitasking. It's essential in today's world.
    I'm a great multitasker but I've tried brushing my teeth and combing my hair at the same time. It's like trying to rub your stomach and pat your head - pretty much impossible!

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Dear Teacher,

    I also thought about the same explanation before you answered. But I wrote this sentence keeping the usage of although and while. I have read somewhere that "although" gives surprise. "While" gives a mild concession.

    While she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.


    If we use "although" in the underlined sentence, I find no surprise in other clause after comma.. While means - although on one hand the situation is true, other fact mentioned in the clause after comma cannot be ignored. That is why i use while instead of although

    please guide me.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your sentence appears to mean that you think she should comb her hair and clean her teeth at the same time. It's the use of the word "while" that suggests that.
    Last edited by rajan; 24-Sep-2011 at 16:48.

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    I also thought about the same explanation before you answered. But I wrote this sentence keeping the usage of although and while in mind. I have read somewhere that "although" gives surprise. "While" gives a mild concession.

    While she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.


    If we use "although" in the underlined sentence, I find no surprise in other clause after comma.. While can mean also - although on one hand the situation is true, other fact mentioned in the clause after comma cannot be ignored. That is why i used while instead of although

    please guide me.
    Last edited by rajan; 25-Sep-2011 at 07:16.

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    I also thought about the same explanation before you answered. But I wrote this sentence keeping the usage of although and while. I have read somewhere that "although" gives surprise. "While" gives a mild concession.

    While she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.


    If we use "although" in the underlined sentence, I find no surprise in other clause after comma.. While means - although on one hand the situation is true, other fact mentioned in the clause after comma cannot be ignored. That is why i use while instead of although

    please guide me.
    No, the sentence doesn't sound good, no matter how grammatical it might be.
    You could say, "While she cleans her teeth, she doesn't comb her hair" - meaning "Although she cleans her teeth, she doesn't comb her hair." This is still ambiguous, but not as bad as your original.

    Note that the abiguity doesn't exist in speech, since 'while' is stressed when it means "at the same time as", whereas it is usually unstressed like a function word when it means "even though".
    "While she cleans her teeth, she keeps the tap running." vs.
    "While she cleans her teeth, she doesn't brush her hair."

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    Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Although, I didn't had anything, I should go to office.

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