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    Hello dear,

    Normally we use 'should have + v3 , future in past ...etc' for the situations for past.

    For example, I have a present from my mom because tomorrow is my birth day ,and suddenly
    I see the present ,and I open that.

    Mom: Oh! You should have opened it tomorrow. Why have you opened it now?

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    Oh! You had to open it tomorrow. Why have you opened it now?
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    I wish you had opened it tomorrow. Why have you opened it now?

    My question is:Can we use the adverbs of time such as tomorrow , late,...and so on with this situations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Mom: Oh! You should have opened it tomorrow. Why did you open it now?
    That is possible, though I feel that we would be be more likely to say either:

    You should have waited till tomorrow. ......or:....You were supposed to open it tomorrow.
    Oh! You had to open it tomorrow. Why did you open it now?
    That is very unlikely. I would say that it is not possible in this particular context
    I wish you had opened it tomorrow
    That one is possible.

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    Default Re: should have+v3

    The reason why we use the adverbs of time such as tomorrow, later,...etc is because it is about the situation which occoured in past, is that right? It is not about tomorrow, it is about opening the present and now the present is open.

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    The negative situation (not-opening) did not occur in the past - he did open it. So, he should not have opened it; the mother wishes he had not opened it.

    The negative thought is transformed into an affirmative one:

    "You should not have opened it a few moments ago." - "You should have opened it at some other time."
    "I wish you had not opened it a few moments ago." - " I wish you had opened it at some other time.

    An adverb referring to a future time for that 'at some other time' gives the future location of the desired hypothetical opening.

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