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    should be

    Dear teachers

    Does this sentence read well?

    If you knew what you are doing, there would not be a gun on my desk, should be!

    I am worried about the 'should be' part. Not sure what it means exactly.

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: should be

    If you knew what you were doing, there wouldn't be a gun on my desk, would there!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: should be

    @ Offroad,

    Did you hear this, or need to say it? if the former, I suggest you find a new employer; if the latter, please forget that I mentioned it, sir.

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    #4

    Re: should be

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    @ Offroad,

    Did you hear this, or need to say it? if the former, I suggest you find a new employer; if the latter, please forget that I mentioned it, sir.
    I heard that sentence on a TV series!

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    #5

    Re: should be

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    I heard that sentence on a TV series!
    If you heard the exact words "If you knew what you are doing, there would not be a gun on my desk, should be!" then you were clearly watching something acted by non-native speakers or it was very badly translated/subtitled/dubbed.

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    #6

    Re: should be

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you heard the exact words "If you knew what you are doing, there would not be a gun on my desk, should be!" then you were clearly watching something acted by non-native speakers or it was very badly translated/subtitled/dubbed.
    No, they are educated native speakers of English. I'll try again. I may have misheard something!

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    #7

    Re: should be

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    No, they are educated native speakers of English. I'll try again. I may have misheard something!
    As is the case with many (all) languages, "reduced speech" in which two or more words are compressed, making understanding difficult if not impossible, perhaps your "should be" might have been "should there be". In reduced form it could have sounded like "should be", but was actually pronounced "should er be" in rapid fashion. If this was the case, as someone once said about things that occur unexpectedly, "stay loose, the woods are full of them".

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    #8

    Re: should be

    I found a link to it on the internet:

    It's a video, you may want to set the time to 3:34

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tz3R7heeXI

    Thanks

    OBS: You may find the language inappropiate.
    Last edited by Offroad; 17-Jan-2012 at 03:01.

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    #9

    Re: should be

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    I found a link to it on the internet:

    It's a video, you may want to set the time to 3:34

    Space Poop Jokes - YouTube

    Thanks

    OBS: You may find the language inappropiate.
    This has become an incredibly long thread for a question that could have been disposed of simply if you'd posted the context in the first post.

    The line goes, "If you knew what you were doing, there wouldn't be a space toilet where my coffee table should be."

    Was that the question? Or did you really want to discuss the use of "should be" as a tag question?

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    #10

    Re: should be

    I just wanted to learn how to use 'should be' the way they did.

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