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    should versus should have

    What's the difference between?

    1) It is strange that they should argue.
    2) It is strange that they should have argued.

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    Re: should versus should have

    I am not a teacher.

    The use of should in 'that' clauses after words like strange, surprising, important and so on, is very common in BrE.

    Generally, these would mean to me:

    1) It is strange that they argue at all.

    2) It is strange that they argued at a particular time in the past.

    There may be some overlap of meaning depending on the context.
    Last edited by Roman55; 18-Mar-2014 at 19:38. Reason: Added an afterthought

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    Re: should versus should have

    Can 1 refer to future?
    1) It is strange that they should argue.
    2) It is strange that they should have argued.

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    Re: should versus should have

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    Can 1 refer to future?
    1) It is strange that they should argue.
    2) It is strange that they should have argued.
    No.

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