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    Hello, Teachers.

    I found two sentences in a grammar book that have confused me. Could you help me?

    1. She might as well complain of her boss.
    I've consulted many dictionaries, but cannot find "complain of sb". I can only find "complain of sth". Is that phrase grammatical? If not, what's the correct one that express the same meaning?

    2. It is strange that they should have canceled the concert.
    Why did the author use "is" but not "was"? Why did he/she use "should have"?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia

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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hello, Teachers.

    I found two sentences in a grammar book that have confused me. Could you help me?

    1. She might as well complain of her boss.
    I've consulted many dictionaries, but cannot find "complain of sb". I can only find "complain of sth". Is that phrase grammatical? If not, what's the correct one that express the same meaning?

    2. It is strange that they should have canceled the concert.
    Why did the author use "is" but not "was"? Why did he/she use "should have"?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia
    1. Complain about sth/sb to sb.
    Are you sure the sentence says 'of the boss', not 'to the boss'?

    2. 'It is strange' - the speaker is saying that he is surprised now.
    'That they should have cancelled the the concert' - the decision to cancel the concert was taken in the past. 'Should' here is used for emphasis. 'Have cancelled' is a perfect infinitive used to express priority. We can remove the emotional colouring by replacing this structure with past simple tense: It is strange that they cancelled the concert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    1. Complain about sth/sb to sb.
    Are you sure the sentence says 'of the boss', not 'to the boss'?

    2. 'It is strange' - the speaker is saying that he is surprised now.
    'That they should have cancelled the the concert' - the decision to cancel the concert was taken in the past. 'Should' here is used for emphasis. 'Have cancelled' is a perfect infinitive used to express priority. We can remove the emotional colouring by replacing this structure with past simple tense: It is strange that they cancelled the concert.
    Thank you for your reply. ^_^

    I guess the author's meaning may have been that 'she' didn't get along with her boss. Can 'complain' be used to express such meaning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you for your reply. ^_^

    I guess the author's meaning may have been that 'she' didn't get along with her boss. Can 'complain' be used to express such meaning?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Yes.
    So you think sentence 1 is right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    So you think sentence 1 is right?
    Yes, it's right.

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