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    Default What is the difference??

    What difference do the sentence make in their meaning?:
    It is strange that he should have done so
    It is strange that he has done so (or did so)?

    What does an English speaker think about when he chooses one phrase instead of the other???
    Thank you)

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    Default Re: What is the difference??

    Quote Originally Posted by Longster View Post
    What difference do the sentence make in their meaning?:
    It is strange that he should have done so
    It is strange that he has done so (or did so)?

    What does an English speaker think about when he chooses one phrase instead of the other???
    Thank you)
    There is no difference in meaning.

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    Default Re: What is the difference??

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is no difference in meaning.
    But why do they say these in different situations? Forms meaning the same are unlikely to exist, if I may presume. It might seem pointless...

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    Default Re: What is the difference??

    Quote Originally Posted by Longster View Post
    But why do they say these in different situations? Forms meaning the same are unlikely to exist, if I may presume. It might seem pointless...
    If you are learning English, you will need to get used to the fact that sometimes we have many ways of saying the same thing! Try to forget ideas like something being "unlikely to exist" in English.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: What is the difference??

    Quote Originally Posted by Longster View Post
    Forms meaning the same are unlikely to exist, if I may presume.
    Welcome to the forums.

    Don't make this presumption. There are often many ways to say the same thing. Things can often be said many ways. It's possible to say the same thing different ways. You can say the same thing in different ways.
    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: What is the difference??

    so if i unserstand you correctly, the word "should" equals to nothing in this term and it is all about the length of the phrase you are saying?

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    Default Re: What is the difference??

    Quote Originally Posted by Longster View Post
    So if I understand you correctly, the word "should" equals to nothing in this term and it is all about the length of the phrase you are saying?
    No, not at all. The version with "should" is just another way of saying the same thing.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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