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

    Quote Originally Posted by urmilashahi View Post
    Although, I didn't had anything, I should go to office.
    This is meaningless. What are you trying to say? And why?
    Note i) there is no comma after "although" and ii) you can't say, "I didn't had ..."

    A correct example would be: "Although I have no work to do, I should go to the office." This is non-ambiguous.
    "While I have no work to do, I should go to the office." This is ambiguous.

    You can't always use 'while' for 'although/though', or vice versa. But, as I said, in speech you can disambiguate by intonation and stress and prosody - all those things you don't have access to in writing.
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    Default Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Thank you very much for answering my query. I was under impression earlier that `although' creates surprise. But original sentence does not create any surprise. What is the meaning of although there.

    Thanks again

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    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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    Default Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    Thank you very much for answering my query. I was under impression earlier that `although' creates surprise. But original sentence does not create any surprise. Other example i would like to quote - Although it was not raining, ground was wet.

    I would like to know what other functions does `although' do, if it does not create surprise.

    Thanks again
    In that example, "although" means "Even though" or "Despite the fact that..."

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

    If although means Even though or despite the fact that then it does not create any surprise, it creates contrast.

    Suppose although creates surprise in the sentence, then what will be the meaning of although in terms of surprise.

    Thank you very much to you also.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In that example, "although" means "Even though" or "Despite the fact that..."
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    Default Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    If although means Even though or despite the fact that then it does not create any surprise, it create contrast.

    Suppose although create surprise in the sentence, then what will be the meaning of although in terms of surprise.

    Thank you very much to you also.
    I think you need to get over this idea that "although" indicates surprise. It doesn't.

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

    Sure, my motive is just to be correct, where i am wrong. I will go through in detail again about its usage and will come back to you, if i find any difficulty.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I think you need to get over this idea that "although" indicates surprise. It doesn't.
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    Default Re: The word "should" with present tense in a complex sentence.

    A contrast may come as a surprise, but the purpose of although is to indicate the contrast- any surprise is simply a reaction.

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