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    Default he should have been a NewAsian?

    I want to talk about a person who graduated from the New Asia College 20 years ago, and I am not very sure about whether it was this college; which one should I say?:

    1. He should be a NewAsian.
    2. He should have been a NewAsian.

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    First, be very sure your audience would know you mean the university. If someone simply asked me if someone was a "New Asian" I wouldn't know what that meant. Is there an old Asia?

    He could be a New Asian graduate.
    He may be a New Asian graduate.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    Thank you. How about the following situation?:

    I went to the wrong room for last week's lesson, and then I now tell the tutor the situation last week:

    The wrong room I entered should have been/ should be Room(or room?) 108.

    I just don't want to use could, may, etc.; which choice is OK?

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    Thank you. How about the following situation?:

    I went to the wrong room for last week's lesson, and then I now tell the tutor the situation last week:

    The wrong room I entered should have been/ should be Room(or room?) 108.

    I just don't want to use could, may, etc.; which choice is OK?
    Last week, I went to the wrong room. I went to room 801 and I should have gone to room room 108.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    Thank you.

    But could should be be used? Should can also be used to talk past, but in this case?

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    Thank you.

    But could should be be used? Should can also be used to talk past, but in this case?
    No. For the past use "should have" as I wrote in my revision of your sentence. "Should be" does not work for the past.
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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    Thank you.

    I will commit it to memory.

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    I was in Room 101 but I should have been in Room 110.
    I went to Room 101 but I should have gone to Room 110.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    Sorry for not making it clear.

    In that situation, I was guessing the wrong room I went to.

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    Default Re: he should have been a NewAsian?

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    Sorry for not making it clear.

    In that situation, I was guessing the wrong room I went to.
    I don't understand what you mean.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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