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    #1
    Thank you!
    Last edited by miladb; 06-Feb-2013 at 02:43.

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    Re: Should have done

    Quote Originally Posted by miladb View Post
    What are the uses of the structure "should have done" except for expressing regret, for ex. " I/You should have called you/me earlier", particularly in conditional sentences?
    can we say for example: "If he were a hard-working student, he should have passed the exam"? ( we know that he's not hard-working and didn't pass the exam)

    Thanks for your help in advance.
    Given the conditions - we know that he's not hard-working and didn't pass the exam - you'd say "If he was a hard-working student, he would have passed the exam."
    In other conditions:
    "Given that he was a hard-working student, he should have passed the exam" (He was, but he didn't)

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