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    Default When do you think I should come?

    When do you think I should come?

    I wonder if it is common for native speakers to say "When do you think?".

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    Default Re: When do you think I should come?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    When do you think I should come?
    I haven't invited you yet!

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    Default Re: When do you think I should come?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I haven't invited you yet!
    Thanks 5jj

    I was editing my post when you replied. I wonder if it is common for native speakers to say "When do you think?".

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    Default Re: When do you think I should come?

    Yes.

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    Default Re: When do you think I should come?

    Yes, it's a common construction. It might help to imagine it like this:

    When, in your opinion, should I come?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: When do you think I should come?

    I am relieved that I am not into those spider's-webby diagrams. People who like them would probably have fun with When do you think I should come?

    I think that the absence of pauses in speech and of commas in writing make it slightly different in meaning from When should I come, do you think?

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    Default Re: When do you think I should come?

    Yes, I think you're right. Perhaps I should have suggested imagining it as:

    At what time do/would you consider it a good idea for me to arrive?

    Not, of course, that we would ever actually say that!
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    Default Re: When do you think I should come?

    Health Warning: Do not read this, learners. It could be harmful to your mental health.
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Perhaps I should have suggested imagining it as:

    At what time do/would you consider it a good idea for me to arrive?
    I wasn't saying you were wrong. I was just musing. I would not like to try to explain the precise difference in meaning between those two sentences in my last post.

    As a further complicater, your sentence above could perhaps be interpreted as, "You don't consider the idea of my arriving (at any time) to be a good idea. At what time would you consider this?"

    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Feb-2013 at 22:03. Reason: typo

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