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    #1

    should/shouldn't

    Hello, teachers.
    1, It is a pity that you should have missed the party.
    2, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party.
    3, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party but you did.
    4, You shouldn't have missed the party but you did.
    Are they all good English?
    Do they mean the same thing?

    I need your help, please.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: should/shouldn't

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Hello, teachers.
    1, It is a pity that you should have missed the party.
    2, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party.
    3, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party but you did.
    4, You shouldn't have missed the party but you did.
    Are they all good English?
    Do they mean the same thing?

    I need your help, please.
    Thank you in advance.

    1, It is a pity that you should have missed the party. This means that you missed the partyand it's a pity that you did.
    2, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party. This means that you didn't miss the party, you went to it and that was a pity for some reason.
    3, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party but you did. This doesn't make sense.
    4, You shouldn't have missed the party but you did. This is correct.

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    #3

    Re: should/shouldn't

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1, It is a pity that you should have missed the party. This means that you missed the partyand it's a pity that you did.
    2, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party. This means that you didn't miss the party, you went to it and that was a pity for some reason.
    3, It is a pity that you shouldn't have missed the party but you did. This doesn't make sense.
    4, You shouldn't have missed the party but you did. This is correct.
    Thanks a lot, bhaisahab.
    I once learnt that should is used not only for subjunctives just like #1 but also to say what would have been right or sensible, but was not done like #4.
    But it is never used for a subject clause to say what would have been right or sensible, but was not done,like #3, is it?
    Last edited by norwolf; 08-Oct-2009 at 10:21.

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