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    Default I should think so

    My understanding is that it means 'definitely', with some impatience -- as though the answer were obvious. Am I correct ?

    Cambridge dicts come out with the following sentence:
    "I bought her some flowers to say thank you." "I should think so too."
    I see no impatience here, just approbation. So there are several uses, right ?

    Could you provide some examples, with different tones if possible ?

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    Default Re: I should think so

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    My understanding is that it means 'definitely', with some impatience -- as though the answer were obvious. Am I correct ?

    Cambridge dicts come out with the following sentence:
    "I bought her some flowers to say thank you." "I should think so too."
    I see no impatience here, just approbation. So there are several uses, right ?

    Could you provide some examples, with different tones if possible ?

    FRC
    We use this some in the US. There is impatience there. It conveys the sense of "it's about time you thought of that" :wink:

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    I think the timing would show whether there is any impatience or not- it doesn't sound impatient to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I think the timing would show whether there is any impatience or not- it doesn't sound impatient to me.
    Hmmm. At least in AE, the non-impatient form would drop the "should", but we don't use it as much as you Brits. :wink:

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