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    A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised

    Dear all,
    plz enlighten me


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    if I had arrived yesterday without letting you know beforehand?

    A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised

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    Re: A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised

    Quote Originally Posted by kk7094 View Post
    Dear all,
    plz Please enlighten me.

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    if I had arrived yesterday without letting you know beforehand?

    A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised
    You need to try first. Which one would you choose?

    Please don't use textspeak/chatlish on the forum. "Plz" is not a word. "Please" is the correct word.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised

    Quote Originally Posted by kk7094 View Post
    Dear all,
    Please enlighten me

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    if I had arrived yesterday without letting you know beforehand?

    A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised
    Now, why don't you please tell us what you think is the right option so we can discuss it (if needed)?

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You need to try first. Which one would you choose?

    Please don't use textspeak/chatlish on the forum. "Plz" is not a word. "Please" is the correct word.
    Oh sorry didn't know such rule. My bad. About that question I don't know for sure. B I guess. would you be kind to tell me? Thank you

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    Re: A. Would you be surprised B. Would you have been surprised

    Quote Originally Posted by kk7094 View Post
    Oh sorry didn't know such rule. My bad. About that question I don't know for sure. B I guess. would you be kind to tell me? Thank you
    They are both possible, depending on your meaning. One of the options means that the hearer hasn't had the chance to be surprised yet.
    Consider: A: "Would you be surprised if explained all this to you [now or later]?" B: "Would you have been surprised if I had explained all this to you [yesterday]?" You can see that these mean different things, and you'd choose the one you needed in the circumstances. The use of "had arrived" makes it more difficult, but they still both work.

    (I'm sure ems was after more than a guess. You need to try to work it out.)
    Last edited by Raymott; 10-Apr-2013 at 14:35.

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