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    Default I shouldn't wonder if you didn't make/made

    [A heroine's mother talking to a would-be son-in-law] And take it all in all I donít dislike you. I shouldnít wonder if you didnít make Annette a better husband than that teacher. And with the baby coming and all.í
    (W.S. Maugham; The Unconquered)

    I would surmise from the surrounding context, which can't be revealed through these three sentences, that she thinks he would make Annette a better husband than 'that teacher'. But why doesn't she say "I shouldn't wonder if you made..."?

    I infer that the variant in the original sentence is used as well, but how would you express this thought?

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    Default Re: I shouldn't wonder if you didn't make/made

    I would probably use 'made', but there's a tendency to slip into the present - especially in speech.

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    Default Re: I shouldn't wonder if you didn't make/made

    This negative construction when logic tells you it should be affirmative is strange, but not uncommon with 'I shouldn't wonder/be surprised ...'

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