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    you should ask/ you should have asked

    You've bought so much stuff, you should ask them to do you/give you/allow you a discount.

    This sentence is taken from L. G. Alexander's RIGHT WORD WRONG WORD.

    The author use 'you should ask...' in this sentence. But I had thought we should say 'you should have asked...'. What special idea does the author want to convey by using 'you should ask...'?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: you should ask/ you should have asked

    You should ask them - next time you shop.
    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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