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    Default Re: should be / should have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In a real life situation I'd happily use either of those expressions.

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    Well said that man!

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    Default Re: should be / should have been

    Well, having given my judgment on the matter and the reasons supporting it, I have nothing further to add, and therefore take my leave of this thread.

    Perhaps other natives may care to comment.


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    Default Re: should be / should have been

    Quote Originally Posted by spongie View Post
    Let's imagine a situation in which I am waiting for my friends because I have invited them for dinner. Their presence is crucial but they are running late. Which expression to this situation is correct and better?

    (1) They should be here by now!

    (2) They should have been here by now!

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    Stress is important but probably, (1) is more neutral and I would use (2) if I want to add a little displeasure in my tone.

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    Default Re: should be / should have been

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Perhaps other natives may care to comment.
    Only that I would have used 'native speakers' rather than 'natives'.

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    Default Re: should be / should have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Your question gave rise to a fascinating discussion, spongie.
    I can see that. I am glad.

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