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    Default I should not have succeeded

    I should not have succeeded without his help.
    Could you say that in AE?

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    Default Re: I should not have succeeded

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I should not have succeeded without his help.
    Could you say that in AE?

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    It's a possibility, but it's extremely rare. In some cases "should" is used in place of "would". This is very formal sounding. I would not place a lot of emphasis on it. I would talk about it with students if I thought it might interest them for some reason. It would depend on the student and his or her language needs and what sort of interest he or she has in the English language.

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    I should like to know what has been going on here. - formal - very uncommon - This use of "should" is hardly ever used at all in American English. It is, however, a possibility. I should like to say it is really quite uncommon. 8) :D

    I would like to know what has been going on here. - normal - common

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    Default Re: I should not have succeeded

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I should not have succeeded without his help.
    Could you say that in AE?

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    I would just stick with, "I would not have succeeded without his help."

    8) :wink:

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    It is my understanding that it's more common in BE; is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    It is my understanding that it's more common in BE; is that correct?

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    That's possible. I would ask TDOL or Red5.

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    It's a formal BrE form.

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