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    strange you should come = you came?

    It's strange you should come today.

    Does this sentence mean 'you have come' or 'you will come' today? Does it equal 'It's strange you came/should have come today'?

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    Re: strange you should come = you came?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    It's strange you should come today.

    Does this sentence mean 'you have come' or 'you will come' today? Does it equal 'It's strange you came/should have come today'?

    Thank you in advance.
    It means, "It is strange that you have come."

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    Re: strange you should come = you came?

    Thank you very much, Raymott. Could I ask if we can say 'It is strange that he should come tomorrow' with 'should' being used to express some surprise?

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    Re: strange you should come = you came?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thank you very much, Raymott. Could I ask if we can say 'It is strange that he should come tomorrow' with 'should' being used to express some surprise?
    I wouldn't use that sentence for the future. In any case, the expression of surprise is in "It's strange ...", not in "should".
    Compare: "It was not surprising that he should come today."

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