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    I cannot help feeling grateful for...

    Hello.

    I cannot help feeling grateful for my parents' loving kindness in having let me spend my boyhood in the country. If I had gone with them to live in Tokyo at the age of eight, I think I should be quite a different sort of person from what I am today.

    Are there any errors in these sentences?

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    Re: I cannot help feeling grateful for...

    It's fine - perhaps too carefully correct! I think most British native speakers would say '...in letting me spend...', and the 'I should' suggests extreme (prescriptive) correctness. Most people, in my experience, would say 'I would'; "I should" is certainly not wrong though.

    On a personal note, I would say 'quite different from the sort of person I am today'.

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