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    "You shouldn't have drunk so much."

    "You shouldn't have drunk so much."

    I'm having difficulty creating the meaning, context and check questions to the underlined part of this sentence. I need to explain this to an intermediate class. So far I have..

    Meaning
    A negative statement directed at me about a regretted action in the past. It would have been better not to have done this action. (Could I say here it's a repromand and/or remonish?)

    Context
    I went to the pub last night with my friends. I was only going to have one drink but I ended up having a lot more. Today I feel really sick and I can't go to work. My mum is angry with me and told me off.

    Checking students' understanding (can I use the 'drink' in the concept check questions?
    Did I do this in the past? (yes)
    Did I have more than one drink? (yes)
    Did my mum think it was a good idea to drink a lot? (no)

    Form
    subject+should not have+ past participle

    Any advice on how to look at these areas would be great. thanks.

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    Re: "You shouldn't have drunk so much."

    Hi,

    1. Meaning. You can't imply that's it a regretted action from the words in question. Regret is something personal. You may or may not regret it but the person speaking can't know and he can't regret on your behalf.

    It's a reprimand or an admonishment.

    Regards

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    Re: "You shouldn't have drunk so much."

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    It's a reprimand or an admonishment.
    Apologies for my bad and unchecked spelling.

    Could I also say it is an implicit piece of advice? Or a summative assessment of advisory action?

    Meaning
    A negative statement about an action in the past; an admonishment. An implicit piece of advice; It would have been better not to have done this action. Subject disagreed with this action and this is implied in the statement.

    Do you know if I am able to use 'drink' in this form in the concept questions? even though 'drank' is used in the model sentence?

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Mairi; 15-Jan-2011 at 15:40.

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    Re: "You shouldn't have drunk so much."

    Hi,

    I would say it's more like a comment than a piece of advice.

    Regards

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