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    Default I was told that you should have tried

    Hi

    Thanks for the answers in connection with my latest question! They were really useful!

    Here I have an another question.

    Imagine a phone conversation in a hotel which is about an advice given by the receptionist to the guest that he will have to try to connect to a wi-fi link if he wants to have internet.

    The main part of the conversation is the following:

    I was told that you should have tried/try to connect to one of the links provided

    My question concerns the future situation,because somehow i can't imagine to tell someone a future situation in the past it's more natural to me to express the situation with "you should try" and not with "you should have tried"

    this is the reason why I used the following at least:I was told that you would have to try to connect to....

    It seemed to me the most natural way to express it.Was I right about it? Thanks for your answers:)

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    Default Re: I was told that you should have tried

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryepower92 View Post

    Imagine a phone conversation in a hotel which is about an advice given by the receptionist to the guest that he will have to try to connect to a wi-fi link if he wants to have internet.

    The main part of the conversation is the following:

    "I was told that you should have tried/try to connect to one of the links provided."

    My question concerns the future situation, because somehow I can't imagine how to tell someone a future situation in the past. It's more natural to me to express the situation with "you should try" and not with "you should have tried"

    This is the reason why I used the following at least: "I was told that you would have to try to connect to ..."

    It seemed to me the most natural way to express it. Was I right? about it? Thanks for your answers. :)
    I am confused about who is speaking the line you are having problems with.

    If it is the hotel guest, then he would say "I was told [by the receptionist] that I should have tried/I should try to connect to the internet using the WiFi connection".
    If it's the receptionist, then he/she would say "I told the guest that he should have tried/he should try to connect to the internet using the WiFi connection".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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