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    The car should be repaired

    Thank you all. I've one more question about tenses.

    I've been reading a lot about english tenses, but still can't understand it.

    For example:

    "This car should be repaired until 8th o'clock". - Which tense is it?
    "He should have done his homework yesterday" - And there?
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    #2

    The car should be repaired

    I am not a teacher
    Quote Originally Posted by Xinerub View Post
    Thank you all. I've one more question about tenses.


    I've been reading a lot about english tenses, but still can't understand it.

    For example:

    "This car should be repaired until 8th o'clock". - Which tense is it?
    "He should have done his homework yesterday" - And there?
    Here "should" means "must".

    It makes the sentence sound naturl if "before" is used instead of "until"

    The second sentence implies he must did his homework yesterday, but he did not.
    Last edited by 5jj; 25-Feb-2014 at 07:28.

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    #3

    The car should be repaired

    Quote Originally Posted by Xinerub View Post
    Thank you all. I've one more question about tenses.

    I've been reading a lot about english tenses, but still can't understand it.

    For example:

    "This car should be repaired until 8th o'clock". - Which tense is it?
    "He should have done his homework yesterday" - And there?
    Hello.

    I've found this: http://www.tesol-direct.com/guide-to...uxiliary-verbs
    Please scroll down to 'Past time with modals'.

    Please note that your first example sentence should be "This car should be repaired by/before 8 o'clock."

    I hope the link will shed some light on your query.
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    #4

    The car should be repaired

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.

    I've found this: http://www.tesol-direct.com/guide-to...uxiliary-verbs
    Please scroll down to 'Past time with modals'.

    Please note that your first example sentence should be "This car should be repaired by/before 8 o'clock."

    I hope the link will shed some light on your query.
    Here "by" means "on or before"
    Last edited by 5jj; 25-Feb-2014 at 07:29.

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    #5

    Re: Passive and active voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chan View Post
    I am not a teacher

    Here "should" means "must". I know what you mean, but they don't mean exactly the same thing.

    It makes the sentence sound natural if "before" is used instead of "until". I agree with you.

    The second sentence implies he must did his homework yesterday, but he did not. I guess you meant "he had to do...", not "he must did...".
    Hello, Peter Chan.

    Please see my comments above in blue.

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    Re: Passive and active voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chan View Post
    I am not a teacher



    Here "by" means "on or before"
    Hello, Peter.

    I agree with you about "before", but I'm not so sure about "on".
    Please see (definition #5): http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionar.../dictionary/by

    (Edit)
    I've found this (definition #9a): http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/by
    Sorry, Peter. Now I understand what you mean.
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    #7

    The car should be repaired

    I have moved your second question to this new thread, Xinerub. In future, please start a fresh thread for unrelated questions.
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    #8

    Re: The car should be repaired

    "This car should be repaired by/before 8 o'clock."
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chan View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    Here "by" means "on or before"
    It certainly doesn't mean 'on'.

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